Seven Killed in 'Random' Michigan Shooting, Including 14-year-old Girl

Local police describe shootings as 'our worst case scenario', suspect is now in custody after manhunt.

A vehicle driven by a suspect in multiple shootings sits in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan, after the driver was arrested early Sunday morning, Feb. 21, 2016.
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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 teenage girl, local authorities said.

A 45-year-old man was arrested early Sunday following a massive manhunt after the shootings began about 6 p.m. 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 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, with a population of about 75,000 people, is about 160 miles (250km) west of Detroit. It is home to Western Michigan University and the headquarters of popular craft beer maker Bell's Brewery, and is known for it the anonymously funded Kalamazoo Promise program, which has paid college tuition of students who graduate from Kalamazoo Public Schools for more than a decade.