Grand Rapids shooting http://michiganradio.org en Grand Rapids works on healing one week after deadly shootings http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-works-healing-one-week-after-deadly-shootings <p>At least 80 people filled the pews of a church only a few blocks away from where 34-year-old Rodrick Dantzler reportedly killed three people.</p><p>Four others were found dead at a house about 2 miles away. 2 of the 7 killed were children. Dantzler lead police on a chase and took hostages before killing himself one week ago Thursday.</p><p>Rosie, who wished not to use her last name, lives on the same block where one of the shootings happened.</p> Thu, 14 Jul 2011 06:19:42 +0000 Lindsey Smith 3301 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids works on healing one week after deadly shootings Grand Rapids shooting and social media (audio) http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-shooting-and-social-media-audio <p>The city of Grand Rapids experienced a series of tragic events yesterday. An alleged lone shooter murdered seven people, including two children, and engaged in a standoff with police before taking his life. As the events played out people in Grand Rapids turned to social media.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-976823.mp3</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White talks with Cliff Lampe about the role of social media during this tragic event. Lampe is Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Telecommunication and Information Studies and Media. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In the interview Lampe says: &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Uncertainty can cause a lot of anxiety for people. So looking to social media for very up to date information can help reduce uncertainty and make them feel more comfortable. A lot of people were also reaching out to loved ones who lived in the affected area just, both to express concern about how they were doing and to make sure every body was okay, and then to find out more information about what was going on.&quot;</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 21:12:42 +0000 Jennifer White 3219 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids shooting and social media (audio) Vigil and church service to be held for those killed in Grand Rapids yesterday http://michiganradio.org/post/vigil-and-church-service-be-held-those-killed-grand-rapids-yesterday <p>A candlelight vigil will be held at 8:30 p.m. tonight in <span class="fn org">Ah-Nab-Awen Park </span>on the Grand River to remember the victims in the Grand Rapids mass shooting. There will also be a service held next week.</p><p>From the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2011/07/vigil_for_mass_murder_victims.html">Grand Rapids Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The location for tonight&#39;s candlelight vigil has been changed to Ah-Nab-Awen Park, and the mayor has announced a Wednesday church service to remember the victims of the mass murders by Rodrick Dantzler.</p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 18:14:12 +0000 Mark Brush 3213 at http://michiganradio.org Victims names released in Grand Rapids shooting http://michiganradio.org/post/victims-names-released-grand-rapids-shooting <p>Kevin Belk, Grand Rapids Police Chief, released the names of the victims killed in yesterday&#39;s shooting rampage.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.wzzm13.com/news/article/171268/249/Names-of-victims-released-from-mass-murder">WZZM13.com</a>:</p><blockquote><p>At a home on Brynell Court NE, Rodrick Shonte Dantzler killed Jennifer Heeren, 29, his estranged wife, their daughter, Kamrie Heeren-Dantzler, 12, and Jennifer&#39;s parents, Rebecca Lynn Heeren, 52, and Thomas Heeren, 51.</p><p>At a home on Plainfield Avenue, Kimberlee Emkins, ex-girlfriend of Dantzler,&nbsp;Amanda Emkins, 27, Kimberlee&#39;s sister&nbsp;and Marissa Lynn Emkins, 10, Amanda&#39;s daughter,&nbsp;were also shot and killed.</p></blockquote><p>Two people were wounded as Dantzler shot from his car while fleeing police. Those people suffered minor injuries. Fri, 08 Jul 2011 17:47:44 +0000 Mark Brush 3212 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids Mayor says city is safe http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-mayor-says-city-safe <p>Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell says yesterday&rsquo;s violent murders and hostage situation in his city has shaken the community to its roots.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">But he says Grand Rapids is still a great community and a safe city.</p><p style="margin-left: 0.5in;">&quot;I don&rsquo;t for a minute think that that defines Grand Rapids in any way or that it suggests that we are a city that is changed, or less safe today,&quot; said Heartwell.</p><p>Heartwell praised the city&#39;s police force, saying their actions saved lives.</p><p>34-year old Rodrick Danztler took his own life last night while negotiating a hostage release with the police.</p><p>Police say earlier in the day he shot and killed seven people, including an ex-girlfriend and his daughter, and a second ex-girlfriend and her daughter who was not his child. Fri, 08 Jul 2011 16:23:49 +0000 Vincent Duffy 3209 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids shooting: What comes next? http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-shooting-what-comes-next <p>After an <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-police-search-suspect-multi-homicides">8-hour manhunt and standoff</a>, police say the suspect in the shooting deaths of 7 people in Grand Rapids yesterday <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-shooting-suspect-commits-suicide-hostages-safe">killed himself while holding 3 people hostage</a>. Michigan Radio&#39;s Lindsey Smith was on the scene in Grand Rapids into the night. She spoke this morning with Michigan Radio&#39;s Christina Shockley about what we know so far about the suspect, the victims, and what comes next in the police investigation.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-976665.mp3 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 11:07:48 +0000 Zoe Clark 3204 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids shooting suspect commits suicide, hostages safe http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-shooting-suspect-commits-suicide-hostages-safe <p>Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk says the man suspected in seven Michigan shooting deaths has killed<br />himself and two hostages he was holding are safe.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>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.<br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Dantzler had released a 53-year-old female hostage unharmed earlier in the evening. Two other hostages had remained in the home.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 04:16:04 +0000 Vincent Duffy 3203 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids shooting suspect commits suicide, hostages safe Grand Rapids police search for suspect in multi-homicides http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-police-search-suspect-multi-homicides <p><strong>Update 11:16</strong></p><p>There are reports that another person has been hiding in the home where the suspect and hostage are. One hostage was released, but now there could still be two hostages inside with Dantzler.</p><p><strong>Update 10:54 </strong></p><p>A Kent County Sheriff Officer confirms one hostage, a 53-year-old woman, has been released and is reportedly safe. There is still one hostage still inside with the suspect.</p><p><strong>Update 10:13 p.m.</strong></p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 02:13:23 +0000 Vincent Duffy, Mark Brush & Lindsey Smith 3198 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids police search for suspect in multi-homicides