GRAND RAPIDS, U.S. – A man suspected of killing seven people in two homes in Grand Rapids on Thursday, Michigan, committed suicide in the evening and he was holding two hostages in a third house are safe, said Kevin Belk the chief of police of the city.
The girl and an ex-girlfriend of the suspect, Rodrick Shonte Dantzler, 34, were among the victims.
Dantzler had released a 53 year old woman he held hostage earlier in the evening. Two others remained hostage while in the third.
The manhunt for Dantzler began earlier in the day after four people were found dead in one Grand Rapids home and three were discovered in another across town. Two of the dead were children.
Within hours, dozens of police officers brandishing their weapons have cordoned off an entire neighborhood near a small lake in the northern part of the city, closed the highway nearby and warned residents not to leave their homes.
The police chief said two people were wounded by gunfire by the suspect during the police chase, but their lives are not endangered.
Mayor George Heartwell described the saga as “a rolling rampage” that included gun battles with police in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids which left a squad car shot up.
Records show Dantzler was released from state prison in 2005 after serving time for assault less than murder. A spokesman for the prison system said he had not been under state supervision since then.