7 People Killed in Florida Standoff

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From AnneClaire Stapleton

(CNN) – The gunman who killed six people late Friday at a Florida apartment complex before police shot him dead following a shootout has been identified as Pedro Vargas, said Carl Zogby, spokesman for Hialeah police department, on Saturday. Zogby said there was no obvious motive, calling the shooting an “irrational act.”

The gunman initially started a fire in his own apartment, which caught the attention of two building managers.

The man barricaded himself in an apartment in Hialeah, a Miami suburb, where he was holding the building managers, a man and a woman, hostage, city 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, Rodriguez 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 that victim may have died from a stray bullet.

The six victims were two building managers who arrived at the shooter’s residence; a husband, wife and their 17-year-old daughter in their apartment; and a man who had just arrived in the parking lot, said Zogby.

Authorities believe that while the gunman was not a resident of that apartment complex, his mother is a tenant, said Zogby.