Kalamazoo is a city in Michigan USA famous for checker cabs, Gibson guitars, the house of the United States tennis championship for boys 18 and 16 for the past 60 years etc. However, the city became famous for another reason, a much less appreciated one. Kalamazoo became witness to a gruesome gun violence incident that shook the entirety of the USA. It took place on February 20, 2016 and was marked as the 42nd mass shooting incident of that year.
The perpetrator of the violence was identified as Jason Brian Dalton, a 45 year old Uber driver. Several hours before the incident took place, Dalton was reported with a friend at a local gun Store where he purchased a firearm and a jacket that could conceal one. His friend later said that he appeared to be a lot quieter than usual during their trip. The store owner said that he was an occasional customer, but never before had bought a firearm. On February 20, 2016, Dalton picked up a customer at around 4:21 p.m. who had called for the cab at around 4:00 p.m. But Dalton received a phone call while driving and after finishing it, started to drive like a maniac. Even though the passenger had asked him to stop, he continued driving in an insane fashion, ignoring a stop sign, driving over a median strip and even entering the wrong side of the road. The customer, named Matt Mellen, had finally convinced Dalton to stop the car and after jumping out immediately called 911. Mellen also gave the authorities the name of the car Dalton was driving, the licence plate number and dispatcher information shortly after which a lookout notice was issued for Dalton’s vehicle.
After that Dalton shot a woman at about 5:42 p.m. on the same day at the Richmond township. By playing dead, she helped the five children who were present at the crime scene from getting shot. After that, Dalton was seen bi a traffic camera crossing a red light. This was approximately 1 minute after the shooting. He then went home to his wife and kids and took his wife’s car after handing her a Taurus handgun.
Even though at first Dalton brought in a legal insanity defence, he later confessed to the crime 2 years later on on January 7, 2017 and he was charged with first degree murder.