8 People Shot, At Least 7 Fatally, by Gunman in Michigan; ‘Strong Suspect’ in Custody: Authorities

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At least seven people were killed during a shooting spree Kalamazoo County, Michigan, authorities said.

In all, eight people were shot in three locations Saturday, Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas told CNN.

All three shooting incidents appear to be related, authorities said.

“What it looks like is we have someone just driving around, finding people and shooting them dead in their tracks,” Matyas told CNN affiliate WOOD-TV.

“This is your worst nightmare, when you have somebody just driving around randomly killing people.”

Police have a “strong suspect” in custody, Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley told CNN affiliate WWMT.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident in downtown Kalamazoo, Hadley said.

“The threat to the public is over,” Matyas told WOOD. “We know this is our suspect. He is in custody.”

Authorities recovered a weapon from the suspect’s car, he said.

Three shootings

The first shooting took place around 6 p.m. (7 p.m. ET), when a woman was shot four times in an apartment complex parking lot, Matyas said. She was with her three children. The woman is in serious condition.

Shortly after 10 p.m. local time, two people were shot and killed at a car dealership, Matyas said.

“At this point we believe [they] were just here looking at a vehicle,” Hadley said.

Outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, five people in two separate cars — including a girl — were shot and killed, Michigan State Police Lt. Dale Hinz told WOOD.

“This is obviously a tragic event. Any time a community loses six people in senseless, random acts of violence, [it] is just tragedy for everyone,” Hadley told WWMT. “It’s really tough.”