Breaking news out of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
The suspect is driving around, shooting people at random. Channel 8 News is reporting that there are multiple fatalities. The shootings occurred at a Cracker Barrel in Texas Township, and a KIA dealership. The suspect is not in custody, and citizens are being urged to stay off the streets.
Undersheriff Paul Matyas spoke to News 8.
Six people were killed and three others were wounded in a series of apparently random shootings in Michigan Saturday, Kalamazoo County sheriff’s official said.
“We seem to be dealing with a worst case scenario, someone driving around shooting,” Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas told NBC News.
Matyas said there are three shooting scenes. None of the victims at the three scenes appear connected, he said.
The suspect is described as a 50-year-old white male, driving a dark blue or silver port-utility vehicle.
Police began investigating a shooting at a Kalamzoo County apartment building at around 7:50 p.m., in which a woman was shot several times, Matyas said. She is in serious condition.
About three hours later, police were called to a car dealership where three people were two people were fatally shot and a third was wounded, he said.
Police then received a call of a third shooting in the parking lot of a nearby Cracker Barrel restaurant where a four people were shot and killed and a fifth was wounded and in critical condition, Matyas said.
In that shooting, about 2 miles from the car dealership, the suspect got out of his car and started a brief conversation with people in two other cars, Matyas said.
After a few seconds of talking, the gunman “unloaded his weapon into both cars,” Matyas said.
Investigators believe the same gunman is responsible for all the shootings. Michigan State Police and the city of Kalamazoo department of public safety is assisting, Matyas said.
News of the shootings spread quickly on Twitter.
Kalamazoo police: 2 shot to death at car dealership believed to be father and son looking at vehicle https://t.co/JY4X6c8GHq
— Kalamazoo Gazette (@Kzoo_Gazette) February 21, 2016
If you're in Kalamazoo, get off the streets now. Someone is driving around randomly shooting people. Fatalities reported.
— Mick Collins (@BroknHeadphones) February 21, 2016
Don't be out and about walking around. 6 confirmed dead in Kalamazoo the last couple hours. Random shootings.
— ♛ℤ (@_ImZach) February 21, 2016
BREAKING – URGENT! If you’re in Kalamazoo, MI get inside quickly – there's a mass shooter driving around shooting at people. At least 4 dead
— Breaking News Feed (@pzf) February 21, 2016
— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) February 21, 2016
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) February 21, 2016
UPDATE: Michigan police say multiple people have been killed in several random shootings around Kalamazoo.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 21, 2016
?? for Kalamazoo.
— Colleen Wolfe (@ColleenWolfeNFL) February 21, 2016