Friday, July 8, 2011

GR Shooting

Grand Rapids Shooting: Suspect In Michigan Rampage Commits Suicide

A gunman opened fire in two Michigan homes Thursday, killing seven people before leading police on a high-speed chase through downtown Grand Rapids and taking three hostages. The standoff ended when he killed himself with a gunshot to the head, authorities said.

The hostages were released unharmed.

Authorities did not have a motive for the suspect, 34-year-old Rodrick Shonte Dantzler, or disclose his exact relationship with those he killed.

The manhunt for Dantzler began after four people were found dead in one home and three were discovered in another across town. Two of the dead were children.

"We believe there were prior relationships with at least one person at each location, so we think there were some difficulties there," Police Chief Kevin Belk said.

Following the discovery of the bodies, Dantzler led officers on a chase, crashed his car and then took the hostages, police said.

Dozens of officers with guns drawn cordoned off a neighborhood near a small lake in the northern part of the city and shut down nearby Interstate 96.

Records show Dantzler was released from state prison in 2005 after serving time for assault less than murder.

The rest of the article here.

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