Florida Gunman Kills 6 at Apartment Complex
Police kill him in shootout near Miami
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 27, 2013 5:23 AM CDT
Hialeah police block off the area outside the apartment building.   (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

(Newser) – A gunman holding hostages inside a South Florida apartment complex killed six people before being shot to death by a SWAT team that stormed the building early today following an hours-long standoff, police said. Sgt. Eddie Rodriguez says police got a call around 6:30pm yesterday that shots had been fired in a building with dozens of apartments in Hialeah, just a few miles north of Miami. (Update: It reportedly started when the building's managers—a husband and wife—spoke to a tenant about a complaint. They were both killed.)

Although a crisis team was able to briefly establish communication with the man, Rodriguez said talks eventually "just fell apart" with the gunman, who was holding two hostages on the fifth floor. Both of them survived when officers stormed the building, fatally shooting the gunman during an exchange of gunfire. The dead bodies of three women and two men were found inside the building. Another man who was walking his children into an apartment across the street also was killed. Rodriguez said it wasn't immediately clear whether the gunman took aim at him from an upper-level balcony or if he was hit by a stray bullet.

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Jul 27, 2013 1:31 PM CDT
Was this crazed gunman another one of those WHITE HISPANICS? It sure appears to be a racist thing to me without any more details than that provided. WOW! Then again, it may not be...so I guess I best wait before accusing the crazed dude of being a White HIspanic...HUH? After all, Zimmerman was the the first so called White Hispanic and we don't know a lot about this new race do we? LOL
K.KRANK
Jul 27, 2013 11:39 AM CDT
Looks like he thought those 6 people he shot were standing on his ground.
WillRogers
Jul 27, 2013 11:05 AM CDT
My view as an Independent, the Democratic party has used the race issue far more than the Republican party mainly to cater to its colored constituency ( except the native Americans). Witness the Sharpstons, the Jacksons and MSNBC. But then, a pox on both parties.