A man has been arrested in Michigan over the “random” killings of at least six people at multiple locations in and around the city of Kalamazoo. Two people were injured in the shootings, including a 14-year-old girl.
Police arrested Jason Dalton around 12.40am on Sunday without “confrontation” and nearly seven hours after the shooting rampage began.
Police said Dalton, 45, was cooperative and his demeanor was “even-tempered”. A semi-automatic handgun was recovered from his vehicle, dark-colored Chevy HHR, a description of which was obtained through CCTV footage at a car dealership and restaurant where two of the three shootings took place.
“This is just the most awful thing I can think of having happening, and to have to stand here and talk about these kinds of things is just a terrible thing,” Kalamazoo county prosecuting attorney Jeff Getting told reporters at a press conference early on Sunday.
“There is no continuing threat to the safety of this community … we have no reason to believe there was more than one person involved in any of these incidents.”
In early reports, police mistakenly said that seven people had been killed. They later revised the count to six. The 14-year-old girl was initially included in the count, but Getting clarified that she was “seriously, gravely injured”.
Later on Sunday, Michigan governor Rick Snyder released a statement in which he said: “The victims and their families – and the entire Kalamazoo area – should be in everyone’s thoughts today.”