Updated on February 22 at 2:57 p.m. ET
The Uber driver who is accused of a shooting spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Saturday night apparently chose his victims at random and may have picked up passengers in between killing six people.
The shootings, which occurred at three locations in Kalamazoo County, lasted about seven hours. The first victim was shot at an apartment complex at 5:42 p.m. on Saturday. State police said the gunman, whom they identified as Jason B. Dalton, 45, shot a woman in the parking lot, then drove away (the woman’s name was not released). Four hours later, authorities said there was another shooting at a car dealership, where Tyler Smith, 17, and his father, Richard Smith, 53, were killed. About 15 minutes later, police said Dalton shot five woman as they waited in their cars outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant. Four of the women died. They were Mary Lou Nye, 62, Mary Jo Nye, 60, Dorothy Brown, 74, and Barbara Hawthorne, 68. A a 14-year-old girl who was in the passenger seat was in critical condition. The victims were apparently picked at random, and seem to have no connection to the accused shooter.
“How do you go and tell the families of these victims that they weren’t targeted for any reason other than they were there to be a target?” said Jeff Getting, the Kalamazoo County prosecutor.
Police arrested Dalton at 12:40 a.m. on Sunday. He was still driving the dark-colored Chevrolet HHR that had been described by someone from the Cracker Barrel shooting. An officer spotted the car, and on Dalton they found a semi-automatic handgun, police said. Investigators were looking at Dalton’s cellphone to understand what happened in those seven hours, but several people told media Dalton picked up passengers before, after, and during the killing spree.