Six people were killed on Feb. 20 when random targets were shot and killed across Kalamazoo.
Jason Brian Dalton has been arrested and formally charged with six counts of open murder, two counts of assault with intent to commit murder, and eight counts of felony firearm.
This mass shooting took place across three locations and nearly seven hours. The first shooting occurred at 5:42 p.m. outside townhomes complex, 5066 Meadows Blvd. A woman was with her three children when she was shot. She is expected to survive and her children were spared.
The next shooting occurred at Seelye Kia, on Stadium Drive. Just before 10:30 p.m., a father and son were shot and killed while looking at cars. Authorities identified the victims as Tyler Smith, 17, and Richard Smith, 53.
The last shooting occurred minutes later in the parking lot of Cracker Barrel off of 9th Street in Oshtemo Township. Four women were killed at the scene, authorities identified the victims as, Mary Lou Nye, 62; Mary Jo Nye, 60; Dorothy Brown, 74; and Barbara Hawthorne, 68.
A 14-year-old girl was also shot at the scene but is listed in critical condition, according to police.
Uber confirmed that Dalton was a driver for the company and had passed their background check. Dalton was driving a Black Chevy HHR when we was arrested at 12:40 a.m., at Ransom and Porter streets in northern Kalamazoo.
Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell released a statement saying, “I grieve along with the rest of our community, region, and nation, for the victims’ families and our community. Kalamazoo has become one of the far too many communities in our country where this type of violence has claimed innocent lives, we have always stepped up when challenged. and we will stand together in this sad time, we cannot be fearful, but must instead unite and show the love and compassion that defines us as a community.”
On Monday, Feb. 22, President Obama spoke to Mayor Hopewell, Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Hadley, Kalamazoo County Chief Fuller and other public officials. The president expressed condolences from himself and his family to the victims of the tragedy. The president commended local officials and first responders for their quick apprehension of the suspect, and offered any federal law enforcement assistance that may be needed for this case.