Miami hostage standoff ends with 7 dead


NSFW    Gun Crazy

Seven people were shot and killed after an hours-long standoff at a Miami-area apartment early Saturday, including the gunman.

The gunman was holding two hostages at the time a police SWAT team stormed the apartment complex at 1480 W. 46 Street in Hialeah, which is just north of Miami. Those hostages were unharmed.

Police received the first 911 calls at about 6:30 p.m. on Friday. According to reports, the gunman had shot 68-year-old Samira Pisciotti and 78-year-old Italo Pisciotti, who were managers at the apartment complex. The reports said the husband-and-wife team had responded to a complaint from neighbors.

Witnesses heard about 15 to 20 gunshots. The bodies of Samira Pisciotti and Italo Pisciotti were found in the hallway. Two females and one male were found dead in one of the apartments, according to reports.

Another man was shot and killed in the lobby of a building across the street. Police are unsure if that man was targeted by the gunman, or if the victim was hit by a stray bullet. He was walking his children into the building at the time.

The gunman had barricaded on the fourth floor of the building. He held two hostages when the SWAT unit decided to end the standoff about eight hours after the shootings first began.

According to reports, police were investigating the motive behind the killings. They have yet to identify the gunman or the other victims.
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