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Kalamazoo Uber Driver Arraigned on 6 Murder Counts

Jason Dalton, 45 years old, was working as an Uber driver when he shot and killed six victims and left two in critical condition at three different locations in Kalamazoo, Michigan. On Monday he was arraigned in court on six counts of murder, two counts of assault with intent to commit murder, and eight felony firearm counts.

On Saturday, Dalton went on a shooting spree that left six dead and two injured. The first shooting was around 6 p.m. when he shot a woman multiple times at an apartment complex parking lot. The victim is in serious condition.

Four hours later, Dalton killed a father and son—Richard Smith, 53, and Tyler Smith, 17— at a car dealership. Minutes later, he pulled into a Cracker Barrel parking lot and opened fire on a Chevrolet Cruze and an Oldsmobile minivan. Mary Lou Nye, 62; Mary Jo Nye, 60; Dorothy Brown, 74; and Barbara Hawthorne, 68, were killed in the incident. A 14-year-old girl was also critically wounded in the parking lot. All five were in a group.

Several people have come forward and claimed Dalton picked them up and dropped them off shortly before and after the shootings.

The insurance adjuster and Uber driver has no prior criminal record and seems to have picked victims at random as no motive has been found. He was arrested on Sunday afternoon after a Kalamazoo County sheriff’s deputy saw a car that matched the description of Dalton’s vehicle. He was leaving a bar parking lot and a semiautomatic handgun was found in his vehicle.

Dalton was denied bail and could face life in prison without parole if convicted.

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