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Uber Driver Suspect in Kalamazoo Shootings Picked Up Fares Between Attacks: Report

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This image provided by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office shows Jason Dalton of Kalamazoo County. (Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office via AP)

By    |   Monday, 22 Feb 2016 12:59 PM

An Uber driver accused of killing six people and wounding two others at three different locations in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Saturday night, reportedly continued taking fares in between the shootings.

Authorities arrested Jason Dalton, 45, without incident when police stopped him as he pulled away from a downtown Kalamazoo bar parking lot early Sunday, MLive.com reported. Officers said the alleged shooter has no criminal history or evidence of mental illness.

Police believe that Dalton, a married father of two, randomly shot victims during a four-hour period Saturday at three separate locations in Kalamazoo and the surrounding area, according to the Detroit Free Press. The victims, including the injured, ranged in age of 14 to 74.

Dalton is expected to be arraigned Monday on multiple murder and attempted murder charges, the newspaper noted. A Kalamazoo County sheriff’s deputy who spotted Dalton's vehicle early Sunday reportedly found a semi-automatic handgun in the car.

"At this point the connection between these three incidents, between these three cases, is the defendant, is Mr. Dalton," Jeff Getting, Kalamazoo prosecutor, told the Free Press in a news conference.

"There is no connection that we're aware of between the three sets of victims to each other or any of the victims to Mr. Dalton. They appear to have been chosen at random, because they were available. He seemed pretty even-tempered. He did not present in a combative way or an emotional way at all."

Michigan State Police identified four victims killed a Cracker Barrel restaurant as Mary Lou Nye, 63, of Baroda, Michigan; Mary Jo Nye, 60, of Battle Creek; Dorothy Brown, 74, and Barbara Hawthorne, 68, all of Battle Creek, Michigan, according to WOOD-TV.

Two more victims killed at a car dealership were identified by the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety as Richard Smith, 53, and son Tyler Smith, 17, both of Kalamazoo, the station said.

"This tragedy is absolutely ridiculous," Michigan State Police 1st Lt. Dale Hinz told WOOD-TV. "I don't think there is a why."

Hinz said that a 14-year-old who had been pronounced dead at the Cracker Barrel shooting later squeezed her mother's hand and was taken to a hospital alive. WOOD-TV reported that authorities are also investigating the shooting of a woman at a Richland Township apartment complex they believe could be connected back to Dalton.

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