7 killed in Florida hostage standoff

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by Tiffany Shepherd

(CNN) -- A gunman killed six people overnight at a Florida apartment complex before police shot him dead in a shootout, authorities said early Saturday.
 
The man barricaded himself in an apartment in Hialeah, a Miami suburb, where he was holding 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 victims are three women and three men, Rodriguez said.
 
Authorities believe that while the gunman was not a resident of that apartment complex, his mother is a tenant, said Carl Zogby of the Hialeah Police Department.