PLAINWELL, Mich. (AP) – A gun shop owner says the man charged in the Kalamazoo shootings came into his store hours before the rampage and bought a jacket with an inside pocket designed for a handgun.
Jonathan Southwick owns Southwick’s gun store. He says Jason Dalton was caught on surveillance video Saturday. He was “laughing and joking” and gave the manager a “one-armed hug” before making the purchase. Southwick says Dalton did not buy a weapon there.
The 45-year-old Dalton is charged with six counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder in the random shooting spree. Authorities say they believe a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun was used.
The gun shop is in Plainwell, about 20 miles north of Kalamazoo.