Seven dead in Kalamazoo County shooting spree; suspect in custody

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Feb. 21, 2016) — A girl who was shot outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant during a shooting spree in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, has died, Michigan State Police Lt. Dale Hinz told CNN affiliate WOOD-TV. Seven people were killed in the spree Saturday evening.

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(CNN) — At least six people were killed during a shooting spree Kalamazoo County, Michigan, authorities said.

In all, eight people were shot in three locations Saturday, Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas told CNN. Two people, including a child, are in critical condition; one person is in serious condition.

All three shooting incidents appear to be related, authorities said.

“What it looks like is we have someone just driving around, finding people and shooting them dead in their tracks,” Matyas told CNN affiliate WOOD-TV.

“This is your worst nightmare, when you have somebody just driving around randomly killing people.”

Police have a “strong suspect” in custody, Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley told CNN affiliate WWMT.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident in downtown Kalamazoo, Hadley said.

“The threat to the public is over,” Matyas told WOOD. “We know this is our suspect. He is in custody.”

Authorities recovered a weapon from the suspect’s car, he said.

Three shootings

The first shooting took place around 6 p.m. (7 p.m. ET), when a woman was shot four times in an apartment complex parking lot, Matyas said. She was with her three children. The woman is in serious condition.

Shortly after 10 p.m. local time, two people were shot and killed at a car dealership, Matyas said.

“At this point we believe [they] were just here looking at a vehicle,” Hadley said.

Then four people in two cars were shot and killed outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant a few miles away from the dealership, Matyas told WOOD.

“This is obviously a tragic event. Any time a community loses six people in senseless, random acts of violence, [it] is just tragedy for everyone,” Hadley told WWMT. “It’s really tough.”

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