At Least 7 Killed in Random Shootings in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, Suspect in Custody

At Least 7 Killed in Random Shootings in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, Suspect in Custody

A 14-year-old girl is the seventh person to die after shootings in Kalamazoo, police said.

A 9-year-old girl also is among those in critical condition; Michigan State Police Lt. Dale Hinz said she was shot in the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel restaurant.

A 45-year-old white male suspect from Kalamazoo County is in custody and being questioned by police.

Hinz calls the shootings at three separate locations “incomprehensible.”

— Weapons were found in the suspect’s vehicle, Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas told WWMT-TV, adding that the suspect didn’t resist.

Asked if he was confident that the man apprehended by police in downtown Kalamazoo is the person who carried out the shootings, Matyas said: “The threat to the public is over. We now have our suspect.”

— A “strong suspect” has been caught, Michigan State Police told WOOD-TV, in connection to apparently random shootings.

Police told the station that the man they caught and his vehicle match the description they had.

— Police said the shootings began about 6 p.m. local time. All of the shootings were in parking lots.

— Police say at least three people have been injured — two critically, one seriously — in what they describe as random shootings in the area.

Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas said a manhunt is under way for a suspect described as an older white male, perhaps in his 50s, driving a dark blue vehicle.

The shootings took place on Saturday evening in parking lots at three locations — a Cracker Barrel restaurant, a vehicle dealership and an apartment complex.

Matyas says that police believe the shootings do not appear to be targeting certain people: “We have our worst case scenario,” he said. “These are random murders.”

Original story below

Police in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, said at least six are dead after a driver randomly shot them Saturday, WOOD-TV reported.

Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas told the station authorities believe the at-large suspect is a white man driving a blue Chevy HHR.

Four people including an 8-year-old were killed at a Cracker Barrel in Texas Township; one was taken to the hospital in critical condition, the station said, adding that a father and son were fatally shot at a Kia dealership in Kalamazoo.

A woman was shot multiple times in a townhouse parking lot in Richland Township, police told WOOD.

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