Gunman kills six in apartment complex in South Florida, SWAT teams fire back after standoff
HIALEAH, Florida (AP) - A gunman holding hostages inside a South Florida apartment complex killed six people before being shot to death by a police commando team that stormed the building early Saturday following an hours-long standoff, police said.
Sgt. Eddie Rodriguez told The Associated Press that police got a call around 6:30 p.m. Friday that shots had been fired in a building with dozens of apartments in Hialeah, just a few miles (kilometers) north of Miami.
Rodriguez said that when police arrived, they discovered an active shooter situation: "He's inside the building, moving from floor to floor. Eventually he barricades himself in an apartment."
A crisis team was able to briefly establish communication with the man. Rodriguez said negotiators and a special weapons team tried talking with him from the other side of the door of an apartment unit where he was holding two hostages.
But Rodriguez said the talks eventually "just fell apart." Officers stormed the building, fatally shooting the gunman in an exchange of gunfire.
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