7 dead in Grand Rapids shootings; police hunt for suspect Rodrick Shonte Dantzler

Roderick Shonte Dantzler
Rodrick Shonte Dantzler

(CBS/WWMT) GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Police in Grand Rapids say that seven people were shot and killed at two locations on Thursday and they are actively searching for suspect Rodrick Shonte Dantzler.

Police say three people, reportedly two women and a 10-year-old girl, are dead at one scene, and four others were killed at a separate scene about two miles away, reports CBS affiliate WWMT

According to a local station, another man was shot in what police believe is a related incident, but was not killed. 

The shootings stemmed from a domestic issue, reports The Grand Rapids Press.

Police say they are searching for the 34-year-old Dantzler. Dantzler is described as a black male, about 6-feet-2-inches tall, weighing 265 pounds with a large, muscular build, dreadlocks, and tattoos all over his body.

Dantzler is believed to be driving a cream Lincoln Towncar, Michigan plate BWK-2308.

Dantzler has a criminal record. He pleaded guilty in 2010 to assault and battery and served about a year. In 2000 he entered a guilty plea to assault with bodily harm less than murder and was sentenced to three to ten years.

In 1997 he was given a year of probation for malicious destruction of property, and in 1992 he was charged as a juvenile for breaking and entering. 

Police say Dantzler is to be considered armed and dangerous. 

Anyone who sees Dantzler is asked to call 911 or their local police department.