Kalamazoo — Kalamazoo authorities believe they have arrested a man responsible for a series of shootings in the Kalamazoo area Saturday that left as many as six people dead.

Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas told WWMT-TV that the man was arrested near downtown early Sunday, near Ransom and Porter Streets, ending a threat that had gone on for hours.

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.”

Police said the man drove around the Kalamazoo area shooting people at three locations Saturday evening including a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Oshtemo Township and the Seelye Ford dealership on Stadium Drive in Kalamazoo, leaving six dead and three injured, two of whom are in critical condition -- including a 9-year-old girl, police said.

Michigan State Police Lt. Dale Hinz says the girl was among the people shot in the parking lot of the Cracker Barrel. Two others, a father and son, were fatally shot at the car dealership.

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

Police said they believe the shootings were random and not targeting particular people.

“We have our worst case scenario,” said Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas. “These are random murders.”

He said the shootings began about 6 p.m. local time. In addition to the restaurant and the car dealership, the third location was an apartment complex. All of the shootings were in the parking lots.

Kalamazoo is about 160 miles west of Detroit.


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