Three people are wounded, and six dead after a lone gunman let loose in a series of random shootings throughout Kalamazoo County in Michigan on February 20, according to authorities. Click through for more details.
A lone gunman committed a series of random shootings throughout Kalamazoo, Michigan on the night of Saturday, February 20, according to police. Jason Brian Dalton, 45, has been taken into custody as the suspect in the shootings, which police say have no apparent connections to each other. Read on for more details about this horrifying tragedy.
“There is no connection between any of [the shootings], this all appears to be random,” Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas said. “This is the worst-case scenario that any community can have.” The shooting spree began at approximately 6:00pm at an apartment complex, when a woman was shot several times, leaving her in serious condition. Another victim was a 14-year-old girl, who survived the shooting as well.
Police were called again at 10:00pm to a car dealership, where two people were fatally shot, and a third fatally wounded, according to Matayas; that person is now in critical condition. Just 10 minutes later(!) police were again called, this time to a nearby Cracker Barrel restaurant, where four people were fatally shot.
The 14-year-old girl was shot at Cracker Barrel as well, and police initially thought she was also dead; she thankfully pulled through! Kalamazoo Country Prosecutor Jeff Getting called her a miracle! “I don’t know how to talk about it in medical terms — they thought she was deceased, [but] she wasn’t. Call it a miracle, call it what you want, but she is alive now.”
Jason was taken into custody around 12:40am after his car was stopped by police. A semi-automatic handgun was seized in the arrest, according to Jeff. Police believe that the shootings were premeditated, but it seemed like the victims were just randomly chosen. This is beyond incredibly sad. As of the morning of February 21, police are still investigating to make sure there are no other victims.
HollywoodLifers, our thoughts are with the victims of the Kalamazoo shootings and their loved ones.