Florida Gunman Ranted About Witchcraft
He called 911 hours before he killed 6 people
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2013 11:07 PM CDT
This photo released by the Hialeah Police Department shows Pedro Vargas.   (AP Photo/Hialeah Police Department)

(Newser) – The motive for Pedro Vargas' murder of six people is still unclear, but a newly released 911 call gives some insight into his mind before the South Florida shooting spree. In the call, made several hours before the rampage, the 42-year-old complained that he was followed and somebody was casting spells on him, the Miami Herald reports. His elderly mother then spoke to the dispatcher and said not to send officers because she had already slipped two Xanax pills in his food.

After making the call, Vargas visited the office of a lawyer who had gotten him to admit that he had made anonymous threats to workers at a business that let him go last year, and "we believe that if the lawyer had been in his office that afternoon, Vargas might have killed him," a police spokesman says. Instead, Vargas returned home, set $10,000 cash on fire, and then killed the husband and wife building managers and four neighbors before he was shot dead by a SWAT team.

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LasVegasRocks
Aug 1, 2013 5:33 PM CDT
So the NRA has been renamed Witchcraft to make it sound better?
HANKHILL
Aug 1, 2013 3:39 PM CDT
he be dead!!!!!!!! end of story!
BinThereDunThat
Aug 1, 2013 10:10 AM CDT
Good old Mom slips him TWO Xanax and sends him off with a gun. The side effects of Xanax are not compatible with good judgment, especially with a gun in your hand. Guess Mom never realized her little boy even looks crazy. :(