US: Seven dead in Michigan shootings, suspect surrounded

July 8, 2011 06:27


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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A gunman killed seven people, including two children, in two homes in western Michigan on Thursday and then led police on a high-speed chase before taking two hostages, authorities said.

The suspect, identified as Rodrick Dantzler, released one of the hostages after police surrounded a house in Grand Rapids where he had sought refuge.

"He has released one of the hostages that he was holding. There is a 53-year-old woman who lived at the house who has been released," Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk said.

"We are hoping to continue negotiating with him," he added, "and have him surrender."

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