Rodney Shonte Dantzler (b-March th, 1977) was a “building technician” from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was a heavy drinker and a cocaine addict which is strange for a guy who claimed to be a fitness freak. He was also bi-polar. Dantzler’s mother booted him out of her house when he was 18 and filed a protection order against him. But she wasn’t the only person that had a protection order against him. Three other women had filed orders against him for threating to harm them. Dantzler was convicted of domestic violence in 1977 Then in 2000 he was in a road rage incident where he shot someone. He was sentenced to 3-10 years in prison. He was released in 2005. He also got a year stint in 2010 for assault and battery.
On July 7th, 2011 Rodney Shonte Dantzler entered his ex girlfriends home on Plainfield Avenue NE in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a Glock 9. While inside he shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, her sister, and her sisters 10 year old daughter. Then he entered the home of his estranged wife’s parents on Bryant Cres. in Grand Rapids. He shot and killed his estranged wife, his daughter, and her parents. In a total killing 7, just days after he took his estranged wife and daughter to Muskegon’s Michigan’s Adventure.
The police found out about the shootings at about 2:30pm, then about half an hour later Dantzler shot and wounded a man in a road rage incident.
At about 7 pm that night police received a call from a female friend of Dantzler’s. She told them that he was following her car and shooting at her vehicle. The police persued him and he eventually stopped after police rammed his vehicle in downtown Grand Rapids. After exchanging gun fire with the police Dantzler barricaded himself in a residential home with three hostage who were unknown to him. He negotiated with cops. The police even gave him Gatorade and cigarettes.
By 11:30 at night Dantzler released all the hostages and then took his own life by shooting himself in the head. Thats what it has said in most reports I have read then you see the video and claims he killed himself right there. Probably didn’t want to make the cops bad as he got to escape to a house.