Jason Brian Dalton was an Uber driver whom Uber riders were warned away from using prior to the 45-year-old Dalton’s shooting rampage in Kalamazoo. As seen in the below Twitter photo, Jason’s erratic Uber driving scared one Uber rider enough to warn others away from riding in the Uber with Jason. As reported by the Inquisitr, Facebook photos of Jason are being spread across social media and the web, with folks trying to figure out Dalton’s motive for killing at least six people.
“Attention kzoo peeps!!! This Uber driver named Jason drives a silver Chevy Equinox is not a safe ride! A little bit ago my fiancé got a ride with him and he was driving very erratically. They sideswiped a car blowing through the stop sign at Henderson Castle and West Main Hill, and the driver continued driving.
“Then this man proceeded to drive 80 MPH down West Main, swerving in and out of oncoming traffic. Despite Matt pleading with this driver to pull over, he refused. Finally when he slowed down the vehicle, Matt was able to get out. He was acting completely normal throughout all of this erratic driving!
“Please share if you are in the kzoo area. Stay safe! 911 was called but surprisingly they didn’t seem all that concerned…I’m thankful that no one was hurt yet. Hoping this man will be arrested or hospitalized soon if he has a medical condition causing his behavior.
According to WOOD TV, Jason was indeed an Uber driver, and the woman who posted the warning about Dalton’s erratic driving is Mackenzie Waite, a woman who didn’t want to make a comment about Jason’s actions. As reported by Mackenzie’s warnings, Waite wrote that her fiancé, Matt, experienced a wild and scary ride with Jason as an Uber driver. What’s surprising is Waite’s reports that 911 didn’t seem all that concerned about Dalton’s dangerous Uber driving. Those reading Mackenzie’s Facebook warnings can’t help but wonder if authorities would’ve been more concerned about the Uber driver’s driving prior to the shootings if they could have been prevented.
BREAKING: We've talked to woman who posted about bad Uber driver before shooting. Doesn't want to comment right now. pic.twitter.com/XLyF9cPCrW
— Luke Stier (@LukeStier) February 21, 2016
On Twitter, news about the Kalamazoo shooting has made it a trending topic, as more details about Dalton being an Uber driver emerges. Controversy over background checks of Uber drivers will no doubt appear in the wake of the news that Jason was an Uber driver prior to committing the horrific shootings.
Amazingly, the Mirror U.K. reports that Jason was an Uber driver who took Uber fares in between shootings. The publication states that the Uber driver shot a total of eight people, killing six of them.
Michigan shootings suspect Jason Brian Dalton is 'Uber driver who took fares between slaughters' https://t.co/Rlnih58U0L
— Manolis Koutselakis (@manolhs) February 21, 2016
Already, people are debating on social media over the terminology being used to describe the Uber driver that was Dalton. Some wonder why Jason is being called a “shooter” instead of a domestic terrorist. Other tweets are debating about Second Amendment gun rights and the NRA and mental illness issues.
The fact that Waite’s Facebook warning came at approximately 5:30 p.m., a short time prior to the shootings began in Kalamazoo at 6 p.m. is being discussed on social media. Folks are wondering what could have happened if the Uber driver had been arrested when the initial 911 call that Waite said was made.
— Brandon Pope ABC 57 (@BpopeTV) February 21, 2016
According to the below tweet from the Twitter account called Mindful Madness @KaitlinLaMoine, the Uber driver ran through stop signs and hit cars, which prompted the 911 call.
#KalamazooShooting My sister’s friend’s fiancé was in the uber with the shooter: Blew thru stop signs, hit cars. Jumped out and called 911 +
#KalamazooShooting My sister's friend's fiancé was in the uber with the shooter: Blew thru stop signs, hit cars. Jumped out and called 911 +
— Mindful Madness (@KaitlinLaMoine) February 21, 2016
The fact that Dalton was an Uber driver who “dropped off passengers amidst shootings” is sending folks reeling about the Uber driver’s news.
[Photo by Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office/AP Photos]