Kalamazoo Shooting Suspect Has No Criminal Record

Published: Feb. 21, 2016 at 9:50 PM CST
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Police in Michigan have their suspect, but still no motive in Saturday's shooting spree that left six dead.

A teenage girl remains in critical condition.

The man in custody has no criminal record, and apparently didn't know any of his victims. Uber has confirmed he drove a car for them, and police said he was on the job just hours before his alleged rampage.

A community in mourning Sunday, offering prayers not only for the victims, but also the accused gunman, now in jail.

The shooting spree started just after 5:40 Saturday evening in Kalamazoo, a city in southwestern Michigan, just an hour east of Lake Michigan.

The first shooting was in a parking lot where the gunman shot a woman walking to her car several times. The second was four hours later at a car dealership, where a father and son were killed. The third happened outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, where the shooter killed 4 people in their cars, including 60-year-old Mary Jo Nye, a retired teacher.

"We have no reason to believe there was more than one individual involved in any of these incidents," said Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting.

Police arrested the suspect, 54-year-old Jason Dalton, hours after the final shooting. Kalamazoo Police Chief Jeff Hadley said he is "very relieved that we have someone in custody."

Matt Mellen said he was one of Dalton's customers Saturday afternoon. Mellen said the ride was so frightening, he called 911.

"We were driving through medians, driving through the lawn, speeding along and when we came to a stop, I jumped out the car and ran away," Mellen said.

In a statement, Uber said "our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this devastating crime."

It's a crime that's not just heartbreaking, but baffling for police and Dalton's neighbors..

"I've never seen any distress going on or any problems nothing," said neighbor Chad Landon.

Uber said Dalton passed a background check and police confirm he has no criminal history.

Authorities said Dalton could be in court as early as Monday.