Uber Driver in Kalamazoo shootings responsible for 6 counts of murder

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A memorial near a Cracker Barrel for the four women killed in the Kalamazoo shooting spree.(Bryan Bennett/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)

Jason Brian Dalton, the Uber driver arrested this weekend for allegedly embarking on a shooting spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan, was charged with six counts of murder on Monday.  

According to authorities, the 45 year old’s motives for committing this heinous crime remain unknown.  The New York Times reported that, Dalton began working for Uber earlier this month, and worked for Progressive Insurance at some point in time.  Dalton is a father of two, and had no police record or anything in his background, police said.

Michigan State Police Lt. Dale Hinz called the shooting spree “incomprehensible,” according to Fox 17 Online.

Dalton was picking up customers in between the shootings, according to reports.

Several people have said that Dalton was their driver for Uber,” WWMT reports. “We have also found that someone may have had an experience with him during an Uber ride yesterday.

The Kalamazoo Gazzete, the daily newspaper in Kalamazoo, Michigan, reported that one woman made a Facebook post urging people not to ride with Dalton after her fiancee had gotten out of the car because the driver was driving recklessly, speeding through stop signs and driving into oncoming traffic

Dalton shot eight people in three different parts of the county on Saturday evening.  The innocent victims who lost their lives in this horrible tragedy were: Richard Smith, 53, his 17-year-old son, Tyler, Mary Jo Nye, 60, her 62-year-old sister-in-law Mary Lou Nye, Barbara Hawthorne, 68, and Dorothy Brown, 74.

We are horrified and heartbroken at the senseless violence in Kalamazoo, Mich.,” said Joe Sullivan, chief security officer at Uber. “Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this devastating crime and those recovering from injuries. We have reached out to the police to help with their investigation in any way that we can.”

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