Late Saturday evening, another unconscionable and cowardly mass shooting happened — this time, in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Reports say that over a span of five hours, these random, disconnected shootings took the lives of six and critically injured two more, including: a woman in the parking lot of her townhouse complex, a man and his teenage son outside of a shopping center, and a group of people shot in their vehicles in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel.
Prosecutors alleged that Jason Dalton, 45, was the culprit — and, here’s the PR fail connection — he was a driver for Uber.
And now this, thanks to WCMH-TV (NBC-4, Columbus, OH):
Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeffrey Getting confirmed that authorities are looking to a Facebook post by some apparent Uber passengers who were in Dalton’s vehicle when he was allegedly involved in a sideswipe hit-and-run crash, ran at least one stop sign, and was driving erratically just before the shootings.
In an online statement, Uber’s Chief Security Joe Sullivan said the following:
We are horrified and heartbroken at the senseless violence in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims of this devastating crime and those recovering from injuries. We have reached out to the police to help with their investigation in any way that we can.
Also, another lawsuit was brought against the company after it hired 25 drivers in New York and Los Angeles with criminal records, in “which prosecutors argued that despite expanding its background checks in 2014, Uber was still misleading customers about their inspections into their drivers’ histories.”
Back to the Uber newsroom, the last written post about driver safety was written in March 2015, and only updated in December 2015.
That’s the thing about safety — it’s not really an evergreen story, Uber. Your PR team may know something about that. Maybe.
[PHOTO: Screen grab from WOOD-TV (NBC-8), Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids…and no, the author is not the owner. Just sayin’.]