Dalton admits to Kalamazoo killings, motive remains unknown

Jason Dalton chose to remain silent in court on Monday after admitting to police that he 'took some lives'.

- The man accused in the terrorizing Kalamazoo this weekend is charged with six counts of murder. While he sits and jail - and admitted to police that he did it - the reason is still a mystery.

Jason Dalton, 45, admitted to police that he 'took people's lives'. On Monday, the accused mass murderer was arraigned on 16 counts in Kalamazoo County on Monday. He didn't have much to say.

"I prefer just to remain silent," Dalton said during his arraignment.

He's charged with six counts of open murder, two counts of assault with intent to commit murder, and eight counts of felony firearm in the mass shootings that took the lives of six people and injuring two others. Michigan State Police Lt. Chuck Christenson is asking the question people across the country are asking: why?

"As far as making some sense of - why this person, why that person - there is none," Christenson said.

Police say Dalton is an Uber driver and a former insurance adjuster. He has no criminal record but police say he went on a seven hour long rampage. It started with shooting a woman outside of an apartment complex. According to Prosecutor Jeff Getting, he got her attention and started shooting.

"In order to get the victims attention he made an a statement to her that was a name other than the victim's name then he Opened fire on her, " Getting said.

Then police say Dalton admits to shooting and killing Richard and Tyler Smith outside of a car dealership. From there, police say he shot and killed four people outside a Cracker Barrel. A fifth victim, a 14-year-old girl, is clinging to live.

"Intentional, deliberate, it's cold, this was not just a momentary lapse," Getting said. "He walked up to these people and he shot them."

Police sent a search warrant to Uber on Monday as they try to comprehend the timeline of events. Police and the Kalamazoo community are outraged.

"I'm hurt," Gina Bell said. "I'm really angry, this is a tragedy in Kalamazoo."

As Dalton is held without bond, the people of Kalamazoo are mourning the loss of the friends and family.

Meanwhile police call the 14-year-old who survived the slaughter shines as a ray of hope through the tragedy.

Governor Rick Snyder has ordered flags on state property to be flown at half staff for six days to honor the six victims.


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