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Gunman Asked Victims To Help Make America Great Again

| by Jonathan Constante
Uber driver Jason Dalton, 45, reportedly asked one of his victims if they could help him make America great again before killing her.Uber driver Jason Dalton, 45, reportedly asked one of his victims if they could help him make America great again before killing her.

New details in the case of the Michigan Uber driver who shot and killed six people in February reveal that he made a reference to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign slogan shortly before the shooting.

The incident occurred Feb. 20. Jason Dalton, 45, was in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant when he went on a shooting spree that killed six people and wounded two, the Kalamazoo Gazette reported.

According to a police report, Dalton asked one of his victims, 62-year-old Mary Lou Nye, a question before killing her.

"Jason advised he walked up to the lady and asked her if she could spare a dollar to make America great again," the police report states. "The woman advised she didn't have the dollar to spend. Jason stated he shot the woman at this time ... Jason advised he was going to run away, but then he heard people scream."

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Dalton reportedly told investigators in March that the Uber app had the ability to “take over” his body, WZZM reported.

“When I logged onto site (the Uber app), it started making me feel like a puppet,” Dalton told police during an interview.

"Jason advised he shot the people in the car and he said it was like it was telling him where to shoot," the report continues. "Jason stated he remembers shooting a small person in the head."

Dalton went on to shoot five more people. Tiana Carruthers, 25, and Abigail Kopf, 14 were wounded, but survived.

It is not clear at this time if the shootings were directly connected to the suspect’s political views.

"There is no connection between any of them, this all appears to be random," Paul Matyas, Kalamazoo County Undersheriff, told NBC News. "This is the worst-case scenario that any community can have."

 

Sources: Kalamazoo Gazette, NBC News / Photo credit: AOL News

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