Six dead, two seriously wounded in Michigan mass shooting

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. — At least six people were killed during a shooting spree in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, authorities said.

A seventh victim — a 14-year-old — who was previously reported as dead is still alive, Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting said at a press conference Sunday morning.

Eight people were shot in three locations Saturday, according to Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas. He pointed out that all three shooting incidents appear to be related.

“What it looks like is we have someone just driving around, finding people and shooting them dead in their tracks,” said Matyas. “This is your worst nightmare, when you have somebody just driving around randomly killing people.”

The Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief says a “strong suspect” is currently in custody. Jason Dalton, 45, was reportedly arrested without incident in downtown Kalamazoo early Sunday morning.

Authorities also recovered a weapon from the suspect’s car.


The first shooting took place around 6 p.m., when a woman was said to be shot four times in an apartment complex parking lot. She was with her three children. The woman is in serious condition.

Shortly after 10 p.m., two people were shot and killed at a car dealership. Hadley believes the victims were there shopping for a new family vehicle.

Kelly Bainbridge was with her fiance and friends at Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo when she started getting texts and calls from concerned family members about the gunman.

“As the shootings continued to occur, the situation because more frightening,” Bainbridge told CNN. She was less than 4 miles away from the dealership.

Some of her friends decided to leave the bar, but Bainbridge and her fiance stayed. The brewery’s owner locked the doors to protect his patrons.

Less than 8 miles away, the third shooting occurred outside of a Cracker Barrel restaurant. Five people — including a 14-year-old girl — in two separate cars were shot and killed, according to Michigan State Police.

The suspect was arrested about two blocks away from the brewery and is being questioned by authorities.