US Uber driver pleads guilty to murdering six customers between fares

Jason Dalton pleaded guilty to killing six people in-between picking up riders for Uber in February 2016

Jason Dalton pleaded guilty to killing six people in-between picking up riders for Uber in February 2016

An Uber driver who went on an hours-long shooting spree in a MI city - killing six people and injuring two others between picking up customers - pleaded guilty to the murders Monday.

Jason Dalton's surprise move came more than three years after the shootings, which occurred over the course of a few hours in and around Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Jason Dalton admitted carrying out the 2016 shooting spree in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, in between picking up fares for the taxi firm.

Jason Dalton (48) was charged with 16 counts, including six counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder after his almost five-hour shooting spree on February 20, 2016 in Kalamazoo, about 240km west of Detroit.

He told cops that a "devil figure" on Uber's app was controlling him.

The report said Dalton told officers he did not shoot when he was pulled over because the app went from black to red and "he felt like he was no longer being guided". And a father and his 17-year-old son were fatally shot while looking at a pickup truck at a dealership.

Throughout the rest of the hearing, Dalton remained in a holding cell with two police escorts, following the hearing by video conference.

Dalton was found competent to stand trial, but had made freakish outbursts at past court appearances.

His attorney Eusebio Solis claims said he advised the accused not to plead guilty.

Four women were killed outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant.

"He either shook his head or said no, and I said, 'Are you sure?' " Derek continued.

"I've wanted to do this for quite awhile", Dalton told a judge, just before a jury was supposed to be selected. One passenger even reported him to the police for his reckless driving an hour before the first shooting, when Dalton began speeding, clipping other cars, and running stop signs after receiving a mysterious phone call.

Prosecutor Jeff Getting said the motive behind the shootings is a question that "haunts us".

Dalton's sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 5, Brower told NPR.

Days after the shooting, Uber confirmed that Dalton had passed a company background check and that there was no evidence that any warning flags were missed.

The 48-year-old told the judge Monday he wanted to plead guilty, avoiding a weekslong trial.

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