President Obama pledges federal support for Kalamazoo after shootings


KALAMAZOO, Mich. – President Barack Obama says he's pledging all needed federal assistance in responding to a weekend shooting rampage in western Michigan.

Obama, speaking Monday to an annual meeting of U.S. governors, said he spoke with the mayor of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and with the local police chief and sheriff.

Obama said Kalamazoo was "terrorized by gun violence." He says families are shattered.

The president is using the occasion to renew his call for further steps to reduce gun violence. He said governors must be tired of seeing mass shootings in their states.

Obama is citing the shooting spree in San Bernardino, California, late last year that killed 14. Obama said the hard truth is the U.S. probably lost more Americans over the past weekend than in San Bernardino.

The shootings in Kalamazoo began outside an apartment complex Saturday, where a woman was hit multiple times. Hours later and 15 miles away, a father and his 17-year-old son were fatally shot while looking at cars at a dealership. Fifteen minutes after that, five people were gunned down in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant. 

Authorities said the suspect, 45-year-old Jason Dalton, seemed to target his victims at random. Police have not provided a motive.