Former Uber driver, Jason Dalton, pleaded guilty today in a Kalamazoo, Michigan court after he was charged with killing six people between picking up riders. He claimed he wanted to spare the vicitims families of a trial.
According to Heavy – Police say Dalton confessed when interviewed after his arrest, telling investigators he “took people’s lives.”
The shootings occurred in three locations, first at an apartment complex where a woman survived the shooting, then at a car dealership where a man and his son were killed and finally at a Cracker Barrel restaurant where four women were killed and a teen girl critically wounded.
Father and son, Richard and Tyler Smith, of Mattawan, Michigan were also victims of Daltons. They were killed at a Kalamazoo car dealership, the second shooting scen. Tyler Smith was a high school senior. The Cracker Barrel victims, all from Michigan, are: Mary Lou Nye, 63, of Baroda; Mary Jo Nye, 60, of Battle Creek; Dorothy Brown, 74, of Battle Creek; and Dorothy Hawthorne, 68, of Battle Creek.
Uber confirmed Dalton was a driver and passed a background check.
“We are horrified and heartbroken at the senseless violence in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this devastating crime and those recovering from injuries. We are reaching out to the police to help with their investigation in any way that we can,” Uber’s Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan said in a statement.
“I’ve wanted to do this for quite a while,” Dalton told a judge.
He answered “yes” to a series of questions, admitting that he shot eight people at three locations in the Kalamazoo area in 2016. Four women, a man and a 17-year-old boy were killed.
After Dalton’s arrest, police quoted him as saying a “devil figure” on Uber’s app was controlling him on the day of the shootings. He was found competent to stand trial and last week dropped an insanity defense.