7 killed in Florida hostage standoff

Mgn Online
Saturday, July 27, 2013 - 8:36am

A gunman killed six people overnight at a Florida apartment complex before police shot him dead following a shootout, authorities said early Saturday.

The suspect barricaded himself in an apartment in Hialeah, a Miami suburb, where he was holding two people hostage, a man and a woman, police spokesman Sgt. Eddie Rodriguez said.

Hialeah police received a call at 6:30 p.m. of a shooting.

When they arrived at the scene, they found two people dead from gunshot wounds and heard additional shots in the area, he said.

After negotiations failed, a SWAT team entered the dwelling, rescued the hostages and killed the gunman, who fired on them, police said.

When officers went through the apartment complex, they found several bodies. One was across the street, and Rodriguez said the victim may have died from a stray bullet.

The victims are three women and three men, Rodriguez said. 

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