Michigan shootings leave six dead
A Michigan shootings has left six people dead and three others wounded in what police believe were random shootings in Michigan Saturday evening. A 14-year-old girl was shot and seriously injured, state police said. They’d earlier said that she’d died.
A 45-year-old suspect, Jason Dalton, was in taken into custody early Sunday and was being questioned over the three separate incidents in Kalamazoo County, police said.
“There is no connection between any of them, this all appears to be random,” Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas said at a news conference about the Michigan shootings. “This is the worst-case scenario that any community can have.”
Been a very sad night in our community because of this heinous act of shooting 8 people killing 7. Pray for the victims & their families.
— Bobby Hopewell (@Hope4Kzoo) February 21, 2016
The Michigan shootings spree began at around 6 p.m., when a woman at a Kalamazoo County apartment complex was shot several times, Matyas said. She was in serious condition, he said.
Hours later, police were called to a car dealership where two people were fatally shot and a third was wounded and is in critical condition, Matyas said.
Police then received a call of a third shooting in the parking lot of a nearby Cracker Barrel restaurant where five people were fatally shot, including the 14-year-old girl, who was hospitalized in a critical condition.
In that shooting, about two miles from the car dealership, the suspect got out of his car and started a brief conversation with people in two other cars, Matyas said.
After a few seconds of talking, the gunman “unloaded his weapon into both cars,” Matyas said.
The suspect was taken into custody at around 12:40 a.m. after being stopped, police said.
“He matches the suspect description and the vehicle description and it is a strong suspect,” Michigan State Police Lt. Dale Hinz told reporters. “We believe that we have the suspect in custody,” Hinz said.
Investigators believe the same gunman was responsible for all the Michigan shootings, Matyas said.
“We have no motive whatsoever for this,” he said.