Police said a gunman launched a rampage in a South Florida apartment complex, killing six people, before the Rapid Action Team shot him dead and rescued two neighbors who were being held hostage.
The confrontation erupted Friday evening after an altercation between the shooter, identified by police as Pedro Vargas, 42, and elderly landlords in the Miami suburb of Hialeah.
Authorities said Vargas had been living with his mother in a fourth-floor apartment and could face eviction.
Police say that a disgruntled tenant set his apartment on fire around 6:30 p.m. Before killing the building managers, Italo Pisciotti, 78, and Camira Pisciotti, 68.
When the emergency crews arrived, Vargas began shooting from the balcony and killed a father who was escorting his son to safety.
“From there, he was able to shoot people across the street, to pick up this guy who was walking into his apartment,” Sgt. Eddie Rodriguez said.
Vargas made his way to a third-floor apartment and killed all three renters – including a 17-year-old girl who was hiding in the bathroom.
He barricaded himself with two hostages inside a fifth-floor apartment for eight hours before a Special Forces rapid reaction team stormed the compound at 2 am and shot Vargas.