“We had several shootings tonight in the county and in the city of Kalamazoo. They all appear to be related. We have multiple people dead,” Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas told 24 Hour News 8.
Four people were killed at a Cracker Barrel restaurant, while 2 were killed at Seelye Ford car dealership. At least three people have been injured in the ongoing series of incidents, Matyas told FOX 17.
An eight-year-old child, a father and his son were among the victims of the shooting, local media reported.
“We have somebody who is just driving around finding people and shooting them dead in their tracks,” the officer added.
Matyas told NBC News that police seem “to be dealing with a worst case scenario.” “These are random murders”
Authorities confirmed to the channel that they do not have a suspect in custody at this time.
Matyas said that the suspect was driving a blue Chevy HHR, while reports claimed that the shooter is driving in a light-colored GM-make SUV.
Nearly an hour after the deadly incident, police reported more shooting at OP Avenue and 6th Street in Texas Township in Kalamazoo.
The suspect is believed to have been a white male in his 50s. Deputies are asking anyone with information to call the Kalamazoo Sheriff Department.
Later, the local Police Chief confirmed to Newschannel 3 that “a strong suspect” in the shootings is currently in custody.
“Possible suspect apprehended without incident in downtown Kalamazoo, based on fitting the description,” Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety wrote on Facebook, adding the authorities are “continuing the investigation to confirm if the correct person is in custody.”
Earlier local authorities reported one more drive-by shooting in Kalamazoo. A woman was taken to hospital after being shot several times, police said, adding that the shooter who managed to escape the scene of the incident is believed to be in a light-colored GM-make SUV.