GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A pickup truck driver stuck in a traffic jam in Grand Rapids told police Thursday a titanium plate in his nose kept him from being severely wounded or killed by a gunman who fatally shot seven people and took his own life.
Robert Poore told police a man later identified as Rodrick Dantzler raised a gun and fired shots at Poore's truck. Poore said a bullet ricocheted off his nose because of the titanium plate that was inserted during cancer treatment as a child, and that his wound wasn't serious.
Poore's cousin, Harold Taylor, was a passenger in the truck.
"(Dantzler) raised his gun and started shooting at our truck ... and my cousin threw my head down," Taylor told WOOD-TV Thursday. "I tried to get up ... to look at the license plate and as soon (as I did) I'd seen his eyes and he was shooting, non-stop."