On Saturday night, a gunman in Kalamazoo, Michigan, drove around in his car killing people at random in a spree that spanned several hours and left at least six victims dead.
“The rampage began about 6 p.m. Saturday outside an apartment complex on the eastern edge of the Kalamazoo County, where a woman was shot multiple times and seriously wounded,” the Washington Post reported. “A little more than four hours later and 15 miles away, a father and son were fatally shot while looking at vehicles at a car dealership. Fifteen minutes after that, five people — including a 14-year-old girl — were gunned down in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant.”
Said a police spokesman, “We have 9, 10, 11 shell casings at each of these scenes.” Police arrested a 45-year-old man with no known criminal history for the murders.
The motive for the shootings is unknown.
Over the last decade there have been more than 200 mass killings in the United States, using the FBI threshold of four or more victims in a single incident. “Well-known images from Newtown, Aurora and Virginia Tech capture the nation’s attention,” USA Today reported in a thorough investigation into the phenomenon, “but similar bloody scenes happen with alarming frequency and much less scrutiny.” Still, mass killings account for just 1 percent of murders nationally.