Mass murder in Kalamazoo, USA

This video says about itself:

USA: suspect in custody after Kalamazoo, MI, USA shooting

20 February 2016

A Michigan State Police spokesman said a “strong suspect” is in custody after a gunman shot and killed six people in three separate attacks in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. Earlier reports had suggested there were four shooting locations.

One of the dead is understood to have been an eight-year-old child who was eating at a Cracker Barrel restaurant.

At least three people have been wounded: a nine-year-old is in hospital in critical condition and a woman is in serious condition, according to police.

From WZZM TV in Michigan in the USA:

Police: 7 dead, suspect in custody following Kalamazoo mass shooting

Andrew Krietz, 4:16 AM. EST February 21, 2016

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) — A 45-year-old white male is in police custody following a shooting spree in Kalamazoo that left seven people dead and three people wounded.

The suspect surrendered without incident but had weapons in his vehicle, Michigan State Police Lt. Dale Hinz said. He was arrested at 12:40 a.m. Sunday at Ransom and Porter streets.

The first shooting happened around 6 p.m. Saturday at Meadows Townhomes, located on Kalamazoo’s Northeast Side. Police say the shooter shot a woman four times at the complex’s parking lot. That woman is in serious condition.

The second shooting happened at 10 p.m. at the Seeyle Kia of Kalamazoo car dealership at 3820 Stadium Drive, where two people were shot and killed while they were sitting in their cars.

A third shooting happened about 15 minutes later at Cracker Barrel near I-94, west of Kalamazoo. A total of five people were shot and killed. A 14-year-old girl succumbed to her injuries, adding to the total.

Police are investigating a fourth report of shots fired near 6th Street and W. OP Avenue. That happened at around 1 a.m. Sunday. No word of anyone being hurt in that shooting.

I wish all survivors of this horrible crime recovery.

At the moment, we don’t know yet the motive for this mass murder. We also don’t know yet whether the perpetrator used legal or illegal firearms.

I guess, however, that if the perpetrator would have been African American, corporate media might have used the word ‘terrorist’. Now that the suspect is white, I don’t see that word. Unless, maybe, if that suspect might turn out to be a Muslim, or might be wrongly described in media as Muslim

Update: the name of the suspect is Jason Dalton.

Hours After Michigan Gun Rampage, The Sunday Shows All Ignore Kalamazoo Killings: here.

In the US in 2015, more people were shot and killed by toddlers than by terrorists.” (Lindy West, The Guardian)

3 thoughts on “Mass murder in Kalamazoo, USA

  1. No one in the media or political establishment dares or is even capable of conducting an examination of American society that would shed light on the reason why the US leads the world in such mass killings. While it is often the most psychologically fragile who snap, the regularity of these shootings points to the diseased character and dysfunction of American society as whole.

    The political establishment, absorbed entirely with the enrichment of the financial and corporate elite, is impervious to the levels of social distress, which have worsened since the 2008 crash. The US has also been engaged in nearly two decades of endless wars that have coincided with the nonstop promotion of violence and the dehumanizing of the countless victims of American militarism. It is no surprise that such a poisoned atmosphere contributes to the outbreak of such violence in America.

    Kalamazoo and the surrounding cities in southwestern Michigan have been hard hit by deindustrialization and deteriorating social conditions. Kalamazoo, which has a metro population of more than 300,000, had a poverty rate of 38.8 percent in 2011, putting it just below Flint (41.2 percent) and above Detroit (37.6 percent).

    Between 1995 and 2010, the Kalamazoo area saw about half of its manufacturing jobs disappear, from more than 32,000 jobs to less than 18,000. A significant portion of these lost jobs were tied to the auto industry, which saw a brutal restructuring in the wake of the global financial crisis of 2008. The General Motors Stamping plant in Kalamazoo, which once employed 4,000 workers, closed in 1999 and the 2.2 million-square-foot space is now occupied with largely low-paying light industrial, warehouse and retail jobs.

    Three of the shooting victims lived in neighboring Battle Creek. In the home of Kellogg’s and other cereal makers, 47 percent of the population, or 15,000 households, lack the means to pay for housing, child care, food and other basic necessities, according to a 2014 study on the working poor in Michigan.

    West of Kalamazoo in Benton Harbor, the official poverty rate in the town of 10,000 residents is 48.8 percent and the median household income is only $18,208, compared to $48,411 for the state of Michigan as a whole. Appliance maker Whirlpool, which still has its headquarters in the town, has shut down virtually all of its manufacturing facilities. Many of the boarded up storefronts and ruined neighborhoods in the city, which was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager from 2010 to 2013, look the same as they did in 2003 when two days of riots erupted over poverty and police violence.


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