Uber driver accused of 6 Kalamazoo murders appears in court

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Feb. 22, 2016) -- An Uber driver accused of killing six people in a series of shootings appeared in court for the first time Monday.

FOX59 was the only central Indiana station in the courtroom.

Jason Dalton faces 16 criminal counts for the shooting rampage, including six counts of murder.

Prosecutors say Dalton drove around Kalamazoo for several hours shooting random victims in the parking lots of a restaurant, apartment complex and car dealership.

After being taken into custody, prosecutors claim Dalton confessed to the killings, but has not explained a motive for the violence.

The random nature of the violence is hard for even prosecutors to understand.

“This is a loss of innocence. We're struggling with this. This is terrible. We face violence as does every community, but nothing like this has ever happened here before,” said prosecuting attorney Jeff Getting.

The suspect does have roots in central Indiana. Dalton attended 7th, 8th and 9th grades at East Hancock county schools in central Indiana.

A statement from the high school principal claims the family moved out of Indiana in the mid 80s and explains how Dalton was “a promising athlete, with a good family and was never involved in any trouble” as a kid in Indiana.