US gunman held after killing at least 7 in random shootings

2016-02-21 13:04
Police investigate the scene where people were shot in vehicles outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette, AP)

Police investigate the scene where people were shot in vehicles outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette, AP)

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Detroit - A gunman drove around a western Michigan city randomly shooting people in the parking lots of a restaurant, car dealership and apartment complex, killing at least seven, including a 14-year-old girl, authorities said.

A 45-year-old man was arrested early on Sunday following a massive manhunt after the shootings began about 18:00 on Saturday, authorities said.

A 14-year-old girl was among five people fatally shot outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, said Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas, while a father and son were killed at the dealership.

A woman who was shot multiple times at an apartment complex was in serious condition early on Sunday, Matyas said, correcting an earlier statement in which he'd said nine people had been shot.

Matyas said earlier that authorities did not believe the shootings were targeted at specific people, describing them as "our worst case scenario".

"These are random murders," he said.

Matyas told WWMT-TV that the suspect did not resist when approached by law enforcement officers in downtown Kalamazoo, and that weapons were found in the man's vehicle.

"The threat to the public is over," he said.

Kalamazoo is about 250km west of Detroit.

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