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Michigan gunman had troubled, violent life

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- When Rodrick Shonte Dantzler raised a gun to his head after going on a deadly shooting spree, the bullet ended what those close to him described as a troubled life in which he frequently resorted to violence and often made threats against women and relatives.

Police say the ex-con, 34, targeted two former girlfriends in Thursday's rampage, fatally shooting both of them and five members of their families, including his own 12-year-old daughter. He shot and wounded two others -- one was another ex-girlfriend -- while leading officers on a chase through Michigan's second-largest city.

"He went out hunting these people down. It was very much a purposeful act," Police Chief Kevin Belk said Friday. He knew of no motive for the killings.

Dantzler's rap sheet goes back to 1992, when he was charged as a juvenile with breaking and entering and car theft. That was followed over the next eight years by charges of trespassing, domestic violence, destruction of property, larceny and assault.

Even his mother once sought a protective court order against him.

Still, neighbors on the tree-shaded street where he lived for the past couple of years described him as friendly and mild-mannered. They said they were unaware of his criminal past.

"He seemed normal," one neighbor, Jannelle Windemuller, said. -- AP

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