Police say ex-con used stolen gun during rampage
GRAND RAPIDS -- A 34-year-old ex-con whose criminal past barred him from owning firearms used a stolen .40-caliber handgun
to kill seven people and wound two others before taking his own life, a Grand Rapids police official said.
Investigators are trying to figure out what motivated Rodrick Dantzler to kill two former girlfriends, his 12-year-old daughter and four others related to them on Thursday, police Capt. Jeffrey Hertel said.
Dantzler wounded two other people and took three hostages before freeing them and shooting himself, police said.
The gun he used was stolen from a home in western Michigan's Kent County, which includes Grand Rapids, Hertel said.
The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is working to trace the gun's history, The Grand Rapids Press reported Sunday.
Dantzler has a criminal record dating back to a 1992 juvenile arrest for burglary, and his mother and at least three other women have sought protective orders against him, according to records.