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Police: 7 killed in related US shootings
Police: 7 people, including 1 child, killed in related shootings in US city
By The Associated Press

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (AP) ' Seven people, including a child, were shot to death inside separate homes Thursday and a manhunt was on for one suspect, authorities said.

Four people were found dead in one Grand Rapids home and three were found in another across town, Mayor George Heartwell told The Associated Press.

He said police are seeking 34-year-old Rodrick Shonte Dantzler, who is believed to be in a cream-colored Lincoln Town Car.

"This is a rare occurrence anywhere," Heartwell said. "A homicide like this is exceedingly rare. It's an awful situation and he's still at large."

The mayor couldn't confirm any motive behind the shootings or Dantzler's relationship to any of the victims.

Sandra Powney lives across the street from one of the homes where the shootings happened and said she had seen Dantzler at the ranch house where she said a couple, who have been there for more than 20 years, lived along with their two adult daughters.

"I've seen him there. He would come periodically," she said.

Powney said she had been at home all day and didn't realize anyone had been killed until police converged on the cul de sac about 3 p.m.

"For a while we couldn't come outside," she said. "They didn't know if there was someone still inside the house."

State Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said records show Dantzler was discharged from the prison system in 2005 after serving time for assault less than murder. He has not been under state supervision since then, Marlan said.

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