Police: Man commits suicide after killing 7 in Michigan

One of the Grand Rapids shooting scenes

Courtesy: WOOD TV8

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.

The suspect released a 53-year-old female hostage unharmed earlier Thursday night. Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk says police thought he had two hostages but learned there was a third person in the house from the woman who was released.

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 now 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.

The NBC affiliate in Grand Rapids, WOOD TV8, has a crew on the scene.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.