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08 December 2023

Michigan shooter kills 6; arrested

By Agencies

The latest in the shootings in the Kalamazoo, Michigan area (all times local):

1:30 am

A 9-year-old girl is in critical condition following a series of shootings in the Kalamazoo, Michigan area.
Michigan State Police Lt. Dale Hinz says she was among the people shot in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant.

Police say four of the six people killed were at the Cracker Barrel. Two others, a father and son, were fatally shot at a car dealership.

A 45-year-old white male suspect is in custody and being questioned by police.
1 am

Police say the suspect taken into custody by police following a series of shootings in the Kalamazoo, Michigan area is a 45-year-old white male.

Michigan State Police Lt. Dale Hinz told WWMT-TV says that officers are questioning the suspect, who is from Kalamazoo County.

Hinz calls the shootings at three separate locations, "incomprehensible." Six people were killed.
12:40 am

Police say they have apprehended a suspect in a series of shootings in the Kalamazoo, Michigan area.
Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas told WWMT-TV that a man was detained in downtown Kalamazoo.

Matyas says the man did not resist when approached by law enforcement officers. Matyas says weapons were found in the man's vehicle.

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

Earlier report

At least six people were shot and killed in Michigan on Saturday night in a series of apparently random shootings, according to media reports.

NBC News, citing officials at the sheriff's office, said six people had been killed and three others wounded in shootings in and around Kalamazoo County.

"We seem to be dealing with a worst-case scenario, someone driving around shooting," NBC quoted Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas as saying.

Local media reported that four people were shot dead at a  Cracker Barrel restaurant in Texas Township and two more died at a Seelye Kia dealership, in Kalamazoo.

Matyas said police were first called to a Kalamazoo County apartment building where a woman was shot multiple times and was later listed in serious condition.

Hours later, they were called to the car dealership where two people were shot and killed, and a third wounded.

Four people were killed at a third shooting scene in the Cracker Barrel parking lot, where the gunman opened fire on people in their cars after a brief conversation. A fifth person was critically wounded, Matyas said.

The victims and shooting scenes appeared to have no link apart from the suspect, who witnesses said was a male, aged about 50, driving an SUV. Police said he was still at large. No motive for the seemingly random shootings had been determined.

Authorities could not be reached to verify the reports independently, but confirmed the number of deaths in interviews with news media posted on their web sites.

The victims' identities were not released, but local media said one fatality was an eight-year-old boy.