Dantzler has demanded a Gatorade and cigarettes or threatens to kill one of his two hostages. A hostage came out to get the items, but returned inside the apartment.From the Grand Rapids Press’ liveblog of the shooting/hostage situation. Could you imagine putting someone’s life in your hands over Gatorade and cigarettes? No words.
He doesn’t really seem the type. I know you can say that about anyone … (but) every time I talked to him, he seemed really nice and down to earth.Chelsea Snoderly, a neighbor of Rodrick Shonte Dantzler • Offering an image of the 34-year-old man suspected of killing seven people in Grand Rapids, Mich. this evening. Snoderly, who lives three doors down from the suspect, says that he wasn’t without his problems. ”He said he and his wife had separated,” she noted. “He said it was a recent thing.” source
This shooting literally hits close to home for us. Grand Rapids, Mich. is not a town known for large spates of violent crime. The city had a relatively low nine murders in 2010, although the overall crime rate went up. But tonight, at least seven have been killed, including two children, in a rampage started by a single person who was in a domestic dispute. The suspect, 34-year-old Rodrick Shonte Dantzler, has not been captured. “This is a rare occurrence anywhere,” the city’s mayor, George Heartwell said. “A homicide like this is exceedingly rare. It’s an awful situation and he’s still at large.” As some of you might know, I’m from Michigan, and most of my family lives in Grand Rapids. So this is scary to hear. Everybody be on your P’s and Q’s tonight in Michigan. source