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Taxi versus Uber for safety in tourism: 6 dead people in Michigan may be the answer

Uber driver goes on a deadly shooting rampage while taking customers

Feb 21, 2016

Travelers from all over the world use Uber to save money compared to getting in a taxi cab. "We are horrified and heartbroken at the senseless violence in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this devastating crime and those recovering from injuries. We have reached out to the police to help with their investigation in any way that we can."

These are the words posted on the Uber website by Joe Sullivan, Chief Security Officer, after an Uber driver went on a shooting rampaage.

Kalamazoo is a city in the southwest region of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is the county seat of Kalamazoo County. Kalamazoo is located geographically in Western and Southern Michigan.

The man suspected of killing six people and injuring two more in a Saturday evening shooting rampage in Kalamazoo, Michigan, was an Uber driver who may have picked up passengers that same evening, according to the ride-sharing company and police.

A gunman shooting victims seemingly at random terrorized this county in three separate episodes over more than four hours Saturday night, killing six people and critically injuring two others, the police said.

First at an apartment complex, then at a car dealership and outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, the man, identified by the police as Jason B. Dalton, 45, fired at victims apparently selected at random. Authorities were investigating whether Mr. Dalton, an Uber driver, had been ferrying passengers during the night of the ramage.

At the apartment complex, a woman who was shot multiple times survived and was in serious condition. At a Kia dealership, two men identified by the police as a father and son were shot dead. And at the Cracker Barrel, five people in two cars were targeted, four of whom died. The fifth, a 14-year-old girl, was hospitalized in critical condition.

Uber driver goes on a deadly shooting rampage while taking customers
Jason B. Dalton, 45, was named as the suspect in the shootings.

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