Hialeah, Florida Shooting: Unnamed Gunman Kills 6 In Apartment Complex Before Being Shot By SWAT Team
A gunman in Hialeah, Fla., killed 6 people earlier today before being shot to death by a SWAT team.
The ordeal began last night around 6:30 PM, when police were called to a a Hialeah apartment complex. Before police arrived, according to Hialeah Police Sgt. Eddie Rodriguez, the unnamed gunman had been walking around the apartment complex firing randomly at people.
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One father, on a balcony across the street, was killed while running to protect his children from the Hialeah gunman. His children were not hurt.
"From up there, he was able to shoot at people across the street, catching this one man who was just walking into his apartment," Rodriguez said.
Other fatalities include the husband-and-wife building managers of the Hialeah apartment complex, who were found dead in the hallway, and two women and one man who were all in one apartment on the fourth floor.
After the Hialeah gunman barricaded himself in a different fourth floor apartment, a SWAT team tried to negotiate with him, as he was holding 2 hostages. But after many hours the negotiating "just fell apart," said Rodriguez, and the officers barged in, killing the gunman. Both of the hostages survived.
The daughter of the Hialeah building managers, Shamira Pisciotti, identified her parents, Italo and Samira Pisciotti. Shamira told NBC Miami that she heard shots and ran to her parents, who were already shot when she arrived.
"I guess there was an altercation and the person opened fire on both of them. My mom was dead the moment that she was shot and my dad still had a pulse when I got to him," Shamira Pisciotti said.
Among the other named victims were Palis Merlis Niebles, her husband Patricio and Palis's daughter Priscilla Perez, a teenager. Patricio was apparently the Hialeah building's handyman.
The Hialeah apartment building, which was evacuated during the shooting, was reopened to residents at around 5:00 AM this morning. Residents of the fourth and fifth floors were still now allowed back in.
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