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UPDATE: This is the face of the man accused of gunning down seven people

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
UPDATE: This is the face of the man accused of gunning down seven people

This is the man accused of gunning down seven people, including a 14-year-old girl, in a western Michigan city.

Jason Brian Dalton, 45, was taken into custody early today and was being questioned over shootings at three different locations in Kalamazoo County, police said.

He was arrested in Kalamazoo after shots were fired in the car parks of an apartment complex, a car dealership and a restaurant.

The teenage girl was among five people fatally shot outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant, according to Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas, while a father and son were killed at the car dealership.

A woman who was shot multiple times at an apartment complex is in a serious condition, Mr Matyas said.

He had said earlier that authorities did not believe the shootings were targeted at specific people, describing them as "our worst case scenario".

He added: "These are random murders."

The rampage began at about 6pm local time in the car park lot of the apartment complex in Richland Township on the eastern edge of the Kalamazoo County, where the woman was shot and seriously wounded.

About four hours later and 15 miles away, the father and son were fatally shot while looking at cars. Fifteen minutes after that, five people were shot in the car park of the Cracker Barrel along Interstate 94, including the teenager.

The suspect was arrested after midnight, authorities said.

Mr Matyas told WWMT-TV that the man did not resist when approached by officers, and that weapons were found in his vehicle.

"The threat to the public is over," Mr Matyas said.

Kalamazoo, with a population of about 75,000, is about 160 miles west of Detroit.

It is home to Western Michigan University and the headquarters of popular craft beer maker Bell's Brewery.

The city also is known for the anonymously funded Kalamazoo Promise program, which has paid college tuition of students who graduate from Kalamazoo Public Schools for more than a decade.