Dash cam video shows victim’s girlfriend after Kalamazoo shooting

Jason Dalton is accused of shooting 8 people in the Kalamazoo area, killing 6

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Police in Kalamazoo on Monday released hours of video showing their response to the February shooting spree that left six people dead.

Among that video is dash cam footage of officers responding to the Seelye Kia car dealership in Kalamazoo, where Richard and Tyler Smith were shot and killed. The first officers to the dealership can be seen patting down Tyler’s girlfriend, who hid in the car as the shooter walked by while leaving the crime scene.

In the video, she can be heard describing the shooting suspect to officers:

“All I remember is that he had grey hair,” she said.

“Did he come from in the building?” the officer asked.

“I don’t know if he came from in the building or if he came from around the building,” she responded.

The shooting at the car dealership was the second of three on Feb. 20, when Jason Dalton allegedly shot eight people, six of them fatally. In the video from the dealership, officers can be heard saying it sounds like the shooter was a random gunman.

The video also shows a Kalamazoo officer responding to the parking lot of the Texas Township Cracker Barrel, where he was one of the first officers on scene and helped others care for the victims.

Top, left to right: Judy Brown, Barbara Hawthorne and Mary Jo Nye. Bottom, left to right: Mary Lou Nye, Rich Smith and Tyler Smith.
Top, left to right: Judy Brown, Barbara Hawthorne and Mary Jo Nye. Bottom, left to right: Mary Lou Nye, Rich Smith and Tyler Smith.

Four women — Mary Jo Nye, Mary Lou Nye, Judy Brown and Barbara Hawthorne — were killed at the Cracker Barrel. The youngest victim of the spree, 14-year-old Abbie Kopf, was with the women and survived a gunshot wound to the head.

The first shooting happened at the Meadows Townhomes in Richland Township. There, Tiana Carruthers was shot multiple times as she shielded children from the spray of bullets. She survived and is recovering.

Dalton has been found competent to stand trial. There are no plans at this point to offer him a plea agreement.

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