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Michigan Police: Uber Driver Killed Six in Rampage

A shooter who killed six people and injured two others in Kalamazoo on Saturday was an Uber driver who appears to have gunned down people at random during a four-hour rampage, authorities said.

Police are investigating reports that the suspect gave a harrowing ride to one passenger just an hour and half before the shooting began and that he may have continued picking up fares during the shooting spree.

On Sunday morning, Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeffrey Getting said police identified the gunman as Jason Brian Dalton, 45, of Kalamazoo. Dalton was taken into custody hours earlier and appears to have acted alone. His victims, shot at three different locations, had no apparent relation to the assailant.

"These weren't sudden explosions, this was done intentionally," Getting said during a briefing. "They appear to have been chosen at random because they were available."

State police on Sunday identified four of the six victims killed. All four were shot at a Cracker Barrel restaurant: Mary Lou Nye, 63, of Baroda, Mich.; Mary Jo Nye, 60, of Battle Creek; Dorothy Brown, 74, of Battle Creek; and Barbara Hawthorne, 68, of Battle Creek.

Ninety minutes before his shooting spree began, Dalton picked up a Kalamazoo resident for an Uber ride, but drove so dangerously that the man cut the journey short and called 911.

Another passenger said Dalton told her he had just started as an Uber driver a few days earlier and already was getting bad reviews. An Uber spokesman confirmed that Dalton was a driver for the mobile ride company. Getting and Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley said police are investigating reports from passengers that Dalton continued picking up fares before and after the shootings.

According to Kalamazoo Chief Hadley, the suspect in Saturday's shooting did not have a criminal record.

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