'Random' Michigan shootings kill six

At least six people have been killed in the US in a series of apparently random shootings in the Michigan city of Kalamazoo, police said.

Four people were killed at a restaurant and two at a car dealership. A 14-year-old girl was also “gravely injured”.

The attacks are being linked to an earlier shooting at a car park, which left one woman seriously injured.

A manhunt was launched, which ended with 45-year-old local man Jason Dalton being taken into custody.

The suspect did not resist when approached by officers, and weapons were found in his car, police said.

Uber has confirmed that Jason Dalton is a driver registered with the app-based cab-hailing company, issuing a statement saying it was “horrified and heartbroken” at the violence.

Police are also investigating a Facebook posting from a woman who said that Mr Dalton had been driving erratically while carrying her fiance as a passenger shortly before the shootings.

The posting says 911 was called but “surprisingly they didn’t seem all that concerned”.

Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas said the spree was his “worst nightmare”, adding: “These are random murders.”

Police earlier said seven people died but the county prosecutor Jeff Getting has since said the 14-year-old girl injured at the restaurant was still alive.

The shootings took place on Saturday evening at three locations – outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, a Kia car dealership and a block of flats.

  • Police were first called to a Kalamazoo residential building on Saturday evening where a woman was shot multiple times – reportedly in front of her children – and was taken to hospital in a serious condition
  • Hours later, officers were called to the car dealership where two people were shot and killed, and a third wounded, Mr Matyas said. The two killed are believed to have been father and son
  • The third shooting in the car park of a Cracker Barrel restaurant saw the gunman open fire on people in their cars. Four were killed

Gunfire was also reported at a fourth location near the restaurant soon after, WoodTV reported.

Police are interviewing the suspect and are yet to determine a motive.

BBC News – World