Uber driver killing spree


I am taking a Layout and Design for Publications class. Today we had an assignment to take an article from a newspaper and format it into web content. The teacher wanted us to use Adobe InDesign, but since I’ve been creating web content for years, I went ahead and did the assignment on WordPress. Needless to say, I finished the project before anyone else and my teacher was impressed.

Since the project was already saved as a draft and I hadn’t posted anything in a while, I decided to go ahead and publish the post.

I do not own the rights to any of the images, but I have given photo credit for both.

I did not write the article. It was taken from the New York Times. You can read the full article here.

I am fully aware of the irony of posting this right after my article about having faith in humanity.

These are sad times that we live in. My hearts go out to the friends and families of the victims.

The article begins after the line break.


 

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Police investigate the scene after a random shooting on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 in Kalamazoo.
IMAGE: MARK BUGNASKI/KALAMAZOO GAZETTE-MLIVE MEDIA GROUP/ASSOCIATED PRESS

February 21, 2016

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The shootings came out of nowhere, one after the other, and with no apparent connection.

A woman was shot multiple times as she stood in the parking lot of her suburban townhouse complex here in Kalamazoo County. A few miles away, and a few hours later on Saturday night, a man and his teenage son were killed outside a balloon-lined car dealership near a strip of fast-food restaurants. Minutes after that, along an interstate highway just outside Kalamazoo, four women were shot to death, and a teenage girl was gravely injured, as they sat in their cars outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant.

The authorities said a single gunman, Jason B. Dalton, a driver for Uber, was responsible for the night of terror, and investigators were looking into reports that he was ferrying his passengers before the attacks began and perhaps even in between some of the shootings.

One customer said Mr. Dalton took him on a harrowing ride around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, less than two hours before the shootings. Another said Mr. Dalton agreed to provide her a ride late Saturday, after the attacks were over.

Witnesses report killer picked up fares between shootings

The explosion of violence here left the authorities trying to piece together what might have prompted someone to roam in search of victims.

In all, six people were killed and two injured at three shooting scenes across Kalamazoo County, in southwest Michigan between Detroit and Chicago. The victims ranged in age from 14 to 74.

Mr. Dalton, 45, a former insurance company employee, was arrested without incident in the parking lot of a downtown Kalamazoo bar about six hours after the rampage began.

“There’s this sense of loss, there’s this anger, there’s fear, there’s all these emotions.”

“There’s this sense of loss, there’s this anger, there’s fear, there’s all these emotions,” Jeffrey Getting, the Kalamazoo County prosecutor, said at a news conference early on Sunday. “You put on top of that: How do you go and tell the families of these victims that they weren’t targeted for any reason than they were there to be a target?”

Over the past year, the country has experienced a series of mass shootings — including ones at a church in Charleston, S.C.; at a community college in Oregon; and at a county government gathering in San Bernardino, Calif., which was later declared an act of terrorism. President Obama has repeatedly called for the nation to take steps to curb gun violence and carry out stricter background checks.

The authorities here did not immediately provide a motive for the rampage. “There is some information out there about what was happening” in the suspect’s life, Mr. Getting said. “You know, of course, it doesn’t come anywhere near to explain what he’s done.”

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Kalamazoo, Mich., Uber driver Jason B. Dalton is suspected in the shooting death of six people. Two more were critically injured.
Photo courtesy Kalamazoo County, Mich., Jail

Mr. Dalton, who was in custody on Sunday and was expected to face formal charges as early as Monday, had no criminal record. Neighbors described him as quiet and polite, though he caught their attention when he occasionally shot a gun out the back door of the house he shared with his wife and two children. He had worked for Progressive Insurance until mid-2011.

According to one passenger, he started working as an Uber driver recently. The passenger, Sara Reynolds, 25, said Mr. Dalton drove her and a friend to a movie theater on Feb. 14 so they could see “Deadpool.”

In an interview, Ms. Reynolds recounted how Mr. Dalton had told her that he and his son had also seen the movie. But he also told Ms. Reynolds, unsolicited, that he was a new driver for Uber and that he had quickly picked up poor marks.

Flowers placed at the foot of a tree near a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Kalamazoo, Mich., one of three sites of a series of shootings that left six people dead and two injured late Saturday.

 

4 comments

  1. I’d wish you luck with your ‘Layout and Design for Publications’ class but you clearly don’t need it. If you’re interested in collecting bits of paper to prove your abilities (maybe I should do the same; perhaps that’s where I’m going wrong) could I interest you in pursuing a degree in phylarology at the Multiphasic Phlyarological University? 🙂

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    • Hey thanks. My class is over. I did well in it. Been meaning to write another post, but I’ve been busy. I’ll get around to it sometime. I hope.

      Not sure what that university is. Sounds interesting.

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