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UPDATE: Police Say Grand Rapids Gunman Used Cocaine

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Police say a gunman who fatally shot seven people in Michigan used cocaine and alcohol.

Chief Kevin Belk says he doesn't know what prompted Rodrick Shonte Dantzler to shoot three people Thursday at one house in Grand Rapids and four at another, including two ex-girlfriends and his 12-year-old daughter.

Belk says Dantzler took cocaine and alcohol in the hours after his shooting spree but before killing himself.

Dantzler's criminal history stretches beyond Thursday's deadly rampage. His criminal record spans nearly two decades, as far back as 1992.

According to our CBS affiliate in Kalamazoo, WWMT-TV, Dantzler has had four other run ins with the law. In 1992, when he was just a juvenile, Dantzler was charged with breaking and entering. Five years later, he pleaded guilty to malicious destruction of property, and was placed on probation.

Then in 2000, Dantzler pleaded guilty to felony assault and served three years in prison. Just last year, Dantzler pleaded guilty to assault and battery and spent about a year behind bars.

At this point, that is the extent of Dantzler's criminal history, as far as we know.

PRIOR STORY: Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk says the man suspected in seven Michigan shooting deaths has killed himself and two hostages he was holding are safe

Belk said 34-year-old Rodrick Shonte Dantzler fatally shot himself inside a Grand Rapids home where here had been holding the hostages Thursday night.

Dantzler had released a 53-year-old female hostage unharmed earlier in the evening. Two other hostages had remained in the home.

A manhunt for Dantzler began after four people were found dead in one Grand Rapids home and three were found in another across town. Belk says the dead included two children.

The frantic search included a high-speed chase through downtown Grand Rapids during which Belk says the suspect shot two other people. They did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

ORIGINAL STORY: Police in Grand Rapids say seven people have been killed in two separate locations Thursday and the gunman is on the loose, according to our CBS affiliate WWMT.

Police say three people, two women and one child, were found dead at one location. And four others were killed at another scene.

Police say they are searching for 34-year-old Roderick Shonte Dantzler. Dantzler is described as a black male, standing between 6'2" and 6'3" tall, weighing 260-270 pounds with a large muscular build, dreadlocks and tattoos all over his body. Police say Dantzler is believed to be driving a cream Lincoln Towncar, Michigan plate BWK-2308.

Police say the suspect is to be considered armed and dangerous, if you see him, call 911.

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