Uber just can’t seem to stay out of the news and in this case all publicity is not good publicity. The latest malfeasance to hit the Mobile-app driver service took place in Kalamazoo, Michigan when alleged Uber driver went on a rampage shooting people seemingly at random and terrorizing the county. According to eturbonews, “The man is suspected of killing six people and injuring two more in a Saturday (Feb.20) evening shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan, which appeared to be random.” There were three separate incidents in a little more then four hours that left six people dead and two injured. Additional eturbonews information said that the first shooting occurred at an apartment complex. The suspect then hit a car dealership and next shot at people outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant. The alleged Uber driver/shooter has been identified by the police as Jason B. Dalton, 45. Police are investigating whether Dalton was on duty last night or not.
The female victim at the apartment complex, who was shot multiple times, has survived so far but is in critical condition. However two men, a father and his son, shot at a Kia dealership weren’t so lucky and were pronounced dead. Of the five victims hit at the Cracker Barrel, four have died while a 14-year-old girl who was shot is now hospitalized in critical condition.
Uber’s chief security officer Joe Sullivan posted his reaction on the company’s website, “We are horrified and heartbroken at the senseless violence in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this devastating crime and those recovering from injuries. We have reached out to the police to help with their investigation in any way that we can.”
Kalamazoo is the county seat of Kalamazoo County. Situated in southern Michigan, Kalamazoo was founded in 1831, when Titus Bronson (1778-1853) recorded the original plat for the Village of Bronson at the County Register of Deeds Office. Shortly thereafter, Governor Lewis Cass selected the village as the site of the county seat, which spurred the rapid development of the community. Bronson, an eccentric and argumentative man, often found himself at odds with his fellow settlers. After a series of incidents, including being fined for stealing a cherry tree from another settler, his enemies successfully changed the name of the town to Kalamazoo in 1836.
According to its website, Kalamazoo hosts the Kalamazoo Promise, three higher learning institutions, two nationally recognized healthcare systems, diverse and affordable housing, award winning water and water reclamation systems, and many parks, lakes, and golf courses. A wide variety of industries and businesses call Kalamazoo home, including major players in the pharmaceutical, medical science, and craft beer industries. The City also offers a many cultural attractions that you might only expect to find in larger metropolitan areas including music, visual art, dance, theater, and more. No one knows for sure what the name Kalamazoo stands for but the most widely accepted explanation comes from a Potawatomi legend that goes, Fleet Foot, in order to win his bride, had to run from the settlement down the river and back again before a pot of water could boil away. The translations “boiling pot,” “boiling water,” and “where the water boils” originate from this legend. Others have said the name translates to “mirage,” “reflecting river,” or even “smothered.”
And now the city is turned upside down by senseless shootings.