6 Dead as Mich. Gunman Goes on 'Random' Rampage

Victims shot at 3 different locations around Kalamazoo
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 21, 2016 5:31 AM CST
Updated Feb 21, 2016 6:36 AM CST
7 Dead as Mich. Gunman Goes on 'Random' Rampage
A vehicle driven by a suspect in multiple shootings sits at at Ransom and Porter streets in downtown Kalamazoo, Mich., after the driver was arrested early Sunday morning, Feb. 21, 2016, in Kalamazoo.   (Ed Finnerty)

A gunman drove in and around a western Michigan city randomly shooting people in the parking lots of an apartment complex, a car dealership and a restaurant and killing six, and leaving a 14-year-old girl in critical condition; she was earlier reported to be dead. A 45-year-old man identified as Jason Brian Dalton was arrested early Sunday, reports CNN, in downtown Kalamazoo following a massive manhunt after the shootings began early Saturday evening. The 14-year-old girl was among five people shot, four fatally, outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, said Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas, while a father and son were killed at the dealership, reports the AP. A woman who was shot multiple times at an apartment complex was in serious condition early Sunday, Matyas said.

Matyas said earlier that authorities did not believe the shootings were targeted at specific people, describing them as "our worst case scenario." "These are random murders," he said. He described a terrifying rampage that began about 6pm in the parking lot of the apartment complex on the eastern edge of the Kalamazoo County, where the woman was shot and seriously wounded. About four hours later and 15 miles away, the father and son were fatally shot while looking at cars. Fifteen minutes after that, five people were shot in the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel. The suspect was arrested about 12:40am, authorities said. Matyas told WWMT-TV that the man did not resist when approached by police, and that weapons were found in his vehicle. Charges are expected against Dalton on Monday, the county prosecutor says. (Read more mass shootings stories.)

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