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Uber driver suspected of US mass shooting

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It’s being widely reported that an Uber driver has been arrested in connection with six fatal shootings in the American state of Michigan.

It’s not yet clear if the suspect was working at the time.

Reuters says police are investigating reports 45-year-old Jason Dalton may have driven customers of the car-hailing service the night of the rampage.

Prosecutors allege he opened fire, apparently at random, in car parks outside an apartment building, a car dealership and at a restaurant in Kalamazoo, about 150 miles west of Detroit.

Two other people were wounded, including a teenage girl who was initially thought to have died.

Authorities could not confirm Dalton was working for Uber during the nearly five-hour shooting spree on Saturday evening.

An Uber representative confirmed to Reuters that Dalton was a company driver and had passed background checks. Reuters adds that the representative referred questions about whether Dalton was working at the time of the shootings to police.

Uber says on its website that it has an “extensive” driver screening process that includes collecting detailed information from potential drivers and using the investigation service Checkr to vet them.  Other websites and databases such at the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website are used as well.

One of the concerns raised about Uber by licensed cab drivers here in Britain is that passengers may be in danger if drivers are not subject to the proper checks.


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