A Kalamazoo Uber driver accused of killing six people and wounding two others last month told police that the ride-sharing app took over his “mind and body” and made him carry out the rampage.
In a series of interviews with police in the hours after the Feb. 20 shootings, Jason Dalton, 45, blamed the killings on the Uber app, saying his iPhone directed him where to go and when to shoot people. Dalton said he would have gotten in a shootout with police when he was arrested, but the app directed him not to.
Dalton is accused of shooting people at three locations across the Kalamazoo area the evening of Feb. 20, in between picking up passengers as an Uber driver. A Kalamazoo County sheriff’s deputy arrested Dalton shortly after midnight on Feb. 21.
Dalton told police that earlier that Saturday when he opened up the Uber ride service app, a symbol, which he believed was the Eastern Star, popped up. Dalton said the symbol resembled a devil’s head and “that’s when all the problems started.”