DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – 45-year-old Jason Dalton chose to remain silent during his hearing Monday, after his alleged shooting spree while on his Uber driving shift.
No motive has been given in Saturday’s deadly attack, which investigators describe as random.
Dalton is charged with shooting and killing a father and son looking at cars and four women in a restaurant parking lot, two other victims were wounded.
Uber confirmed the man was hired as a driving partner.
Officials say he is a married, father of two.
It is alleged that several customers made complaints against Dalton, and that has some wondering how the transportation company vets its applicants.
2 NEWS Reporter Beairshelle Edmé asked the transportation company just that and learned more from a local Uber driver.
Uber officials tell 2 NEWS an applicant is disqualified as a driving partner if within 7 years, he or she has a DUI, major traffic violation or felony, among other things.
If an applicant comes up on the database for sex offenders or suspected terrorists, then the person is also disqualified.
Dayton driver, Cory D. D. Miller has been driving with the company for nearly 5 weeks.
Like others, he took the additional job to make a few quick bucks with a schedule he could create.
Miller says he went into an Ohio Uber office on a Friday to apply and had to provide proof of his license and registration. The company conducted a background check and looked into his driving history.
By Tuesday, he was on the road as an Uber driver, but he says the quick turnaround was due to his clean record
He hopes local customers don’t shy away from Uber’s service.
“If you’re not using it because you’re afraid someone is going to attack you, that’s a logical reason,” Miller said. “You can use a taxi. But at the same time, the Uber drivers who are in the Dayton area, what I’ve noticed, it’s a lot of retired men and people trying to earn some extra cash. They go through the background check; they work hard and they put in the hours too. I wouldn’t be afraid. Keep trying it and see what’s out there too.”
Miller says he believes the company does do extensive searches for those who may raise red flags, and that the Kalamazoo shooting is the complete opposite of the Uber brand and its safety.
Meanwhile, Uber released a statement.
Uber’s Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan said, “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.”