Florida gunman shot dead after killing six hostages
Standoff between kidnapper and police began last night in apartment complex near Miami
A gunman who barricaded himself with hostages inside a South Florida apartment complex killed six people before being shot to death by a SWAT team, police have said.
Sergeant Eddie Rodriguez says the stand-off began at about 6.30pm yesterday in a five-storey building in Hialeah, north of Miami.
He said police discovered two people shot to death in the hallway in front of one apartment, and three more in a unit on another floor.
Another man was killed across the street when the gunman allegedly spotted him and took aim.
Sgt Rodriguez says the two hostages the man took were unharmed. Before the shootout, police communicated briefly with the gunman.
Neighbors say the gunman lived in the building but police would not confirm that or give details on his identity or possible motive.