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Five years since Dantzler shooting rampage in GR

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Thursday marks five years since a deadly shooting rampage in Grand Rapids that shocked West Michigan.

Seven people were killed, including two children, when Roderick Dantzler went on a shooting spree on July 7, 2011.

After leading police on a chase and a standoff that involved hostages, Dantzler committed suicide.

Dantzler shot and killed his wife Jennifer Heeren, their 12-year-old daughter Kamrie and Jennifer’s parents Thomas and Rebecca Heeren. He then went to a different house and killed his ex-girlfriend Kimberlee Emkens, her sister Amanda Emkens and Amanda’s 10-year-old daughter Marissa.

It was the worst mass murder in Grand Rapids’ history.

The man who sold Dantzler the gun he used that day was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Feb. 2014. Because Dantzler was an ex-convict, he couldn’t get a gun legally.