911 calls released from night of Kalamazoo shooting

Posted at 4:00 PM, Mar 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-29 16:00:54-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Callers can be heard pleading to 911 dispatchers for help after a woman was shot outside an apartment complex during one of three shootings that left six people dead and two wounded in the Kalamazoo area in February.

The 911 calls were released Tuesday.

In one recording, a woman can be heard telling a shooting victim, "Please don't move. They're coming. We got the kids."

Some may find the content of these calls disturbing.

Authorities have said Tiana Carruthers, 25, was outside with three or four children at an apartment complex playground when a man approached them in a car. Sensing trouble, she put herself between the car and the children, telling them to run home. Carruthers was shot four times but survived.

Jason Dalton is charged with shooting and killing Richard and Tyler Smith, Mary Jo Nye, Mary Lou Nye, Dorothy Brown and Barbara Hawthorne in the Feb. 20 shooting. He is also accused of seriously wounding Carruthers and 14-year-old Abigail Kopf.

The Associated Press contributed to this report