GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell has praised local and state authorities for relentlessly pursuing a gunman who killed seven people and for their negotiating skill that helped keep three hostages alive.
Heartwell told The Associated Press on Friday morning that the hostages taken Thursday by Rodrick Dantzler might not have survived without the patience and skill of hostage negotiators. Police say they tried to talk him into giving up but at the last moment he killed himself.
Heartwell says he wishes Dantzler hadn't taken his own life so "we could have brought him to justice." The mayor says "there were entire neighborhoods that were traumatized by these events."
Police say the 34-year-old Dantzler embarked on a rampage in which he killed his daughter, an ex-girlfriend and five others.
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