Uber driver pleads guilty to shooting eight people between rides

The Uber driver in Michigan charged with shooting eight people between rides pleaded guilty to all counts against him on Monday. 

Jason Dalton this week cut jury selection short in order to plead guilty to six counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and eight counts of felony use of a firearm, local NBC affiliate WOOD reported.  


The shootings occurred in Kalamazoo, Mich., in 2016. Dalton reportedly shot eight people throughout the course of one night around the city. He gave Uber rides in between the shootings, which took place over five hours, according to WOOD. None of the Uber users were harmed. 

Dalton has previously stated that the Uber app turned him into a "puppet" that night, choosing which people he would target in the shootings on Feb. 20, 2016. His attorney several days ago said he would not pursue an insanity defense, WOOD reported.

Dalton is facing the possibility of a life sentence in prison without parole.

Eusebio Solis, Dalton's defense attorney, said Dalton's guilty plea came against his advice. 

"I've wanted to do this for quite a while," Dalton said in court on Monday, according to multiple reports.

His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 5.

Dalton told investigators in February 2016 that "he knows that he has killed," according to police documents obtained by NBC. "Dalton said that he could only tell us that [the app] has the ability to take you over."

Uber has faced scrutiny over its background checks and security features since its launch in 2010. The ride-hailing app last year tightened background checks for its drivers after multiple women came forward with allegations that drivers had assaulted, raped or kidnapped them.   

Dalton had no criminal history at the time of the shooting. Uber's chief security officer in 2016 said "no background check" would have prevented the situation.  

Dalton had an Uber score of 4.73 out of 5 before the shootings, Gizmodo reported.