Kalamazoo, Michigan: Seven were shot in random attacks

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captionJohn McNeill from WKZO radio station in Kalamazoo said police had recovered a gun

At least seven people have been killed in a series of apparently random shootings in the Michigan city of Kalamazoo, police said.

Five people were killed at a restaurant and two at a car dealership. A 14-year-old girl was among those killed.

The attacks are being linked to an earlier shooting at a car park, which left one woman seriously injured.

Police have taken a 45-year-old male into custody and said that the threat to the public was now over.

The man did not resist when approached by officers, and weapons were found in his car, police said.

“These are random murders,” Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas said, describing the spree as his “worst nightmare”.

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A car dealership was among three shooting locations
A car dealership was among three shooting locations

The shootings took place on Saturday evening at three locations – outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, a Kia car dealership and a block of flats.

  • Police were first called to a Kalamazoo residential building on Saturday evening where a woman was shot multiple times – reportedly in front of her children – and was taken to hospital in a serious condition
  • Hours later, officers were called to the car dealership where two people were shot and killed, and a third wounded, Mr Matyas said. The two killed are believed to have been father and son
  • The third shooting in the car park of a Cracker Barrel restaurant saw the gunman open fire on people in their cars. Five were killed

Gunfire was also reported at a fourth location near the restaurant soon after,WoodTV reported.

The channel also said that an eight-year-old died at the restaurant, quoting local police.

Police are interviewing the suspect and are yet to determine a motive.

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