Man's apparent random shooting rampage in Kalamazoo leaves 6 people dead

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Sunday, February 21, 2016
'This is awful': Officials react to deadly shooting spree in Michigan
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Jeff Getting, prosecuting attorney for Kalamazoo County, says there is a sense of loss and anger in their community

KALAMAZOO, MI -- Uber says the man suspected of going on a shooting rampage that left six people dead was one of its drivers.

But spokeswoman Nairi Hourdajian would not say whether 45-year-old Jason Dalton was driving for the ride-sharing service on Saturday when the shootings occurred outside an apartment complex, a car dealership and a restaurant.

Uber's Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan says the company is "horrified and heartbroken at the senseless violence" and that Uber has contacted police to offer assistance in the investigation.

Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting says authorities are investigating a Facebook post that the suspect was an Uber driver who was driving erratically around the time of the shootings. He would not elaborate because of the ongoing investigation.

Uber also released its firearms policy that prohibits both drivers and passengers from carrying firearms in an Uber vehicle.

The next-door neighbor of a woman shot first in a rampage that left six people dead says she and her family heard the shooting, ran outside and her neighbor "was on the ground."

Tammy George tells The Associated Press that four bullets went into a closet of her apartment, where her son was playing video games with two friends a few feet away. George says her neighbor was lucky to be alive considering the number of shell casings authorities found.

The woman has not been identified. Police say she was shot multiple times and was seriously wounded in the rampage that began about 6 p.m. Saturday outside the apartment complex on the eastern edge of Kalamazoo County.

George says she made sure the woman's children were OK and told them that their mother was talking and asking about them.

Authorities have released the names of four people killed inside two vehicles parked near a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Kalamazoo during a shooting rampage that left six people dead.

Michigan State Police say the victims were 62-year-old Mary Lou Nye of Baroda and 60-year-old Mary Jo Nye, 68-year-old Barbara Hawthorne and 74-year-old Dorothy Brown, all of Battle Creek. A 14-year-old girl also shot in the restaurant lot remains in critical condition.

State police say four of the victims were inside a Chevrolet Cruze and the fifth victim - Mary Lou Nye - was alone in an Oldsmobile minivan nearby.