The NRA Is Pleased That 7 More Americans Are Dead From Senseless Gun Violence.

Gunman among 7 dead in Florida apartment shooting

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Seven people were killed, including the gunman, in an overnight shooting at a South Florida apartment building, authorities said.

Police Sgt. Eddie Rodriguez told Fox News that the gunman was shot dead by a SWAT team following a standoff at a five-story building in Hialeah, just a few miles north of Miami.

Rodriguez said that when police arrived, they discovered an active shooter situation: “He’s inside the building, moving from floor to floor. Eventually he barricades himself in an apartment.”

Although a crisis team was able to briefly establish communication with the man, Rodriguez told The Associated Press talks eventually “just fell apart” with the gunman, who was holding two hostages on the fifth floor. Both of them survived when officers stormed the building, fatally shooting the gunman during an exchange of gunfire.

“They made the decision to go in there and save and rescue the hostages,” Rodriguez said. He said he didn’t have any information on how long negotiations lasted.

The dead bodies of three women and two men were found at two different apartment units inside the building, which Rodriguez said was in a “very quiet neighborhood.” Another man who was walking his children into an apartment across the street also was killed.

Rodriguez said it wasn’t immediately clear whether the gunman took aim at him from an upper-level balcony or if he was hit by a stray bullet.

“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.

WSVN.com reported that the manager of the West 46th Street apartment building and his wife were among the victims. Rodriguez said police were still investigating the motive and identifying the gunman and victims.

“Investigators are talking with families of the victims, neighbors, people that were present when all this began,” he said. “That way we can start to piece together this huge puzzle that we’re working with.”

Miriam Valdes, 70, said she lives on the top floor — one floor above where the shooting began. She said she heard gunfire and later saw smoke entering her apartment.

She described running in fear to the unit across the hall, where she stayed holed up as officers negotiated with the gunman.

From the apartment, Valdes said she could hear about eight officers talking with the gunman.

She said she heard the officers tell him to “let these people out.”

“We’re going to help you,” she said they told him.

She said the gunman first asked for his girlfriend and then his mother but refused to cooperate.

Ester Lazcano said she lives two doors down from where the shooting began and was in the shower when she heard the first shots. Then there were many more.

“I felt the shots,” she said.

Neighbors said the gunman lived in the building, but police wouldn’t confirm that information. Rodriguez said police were still investigating the motive and identifying the gunman and victims.

“Investigators are talking with families of the victims, neighbors, people that were present when all this began,” he said. “That way we can start to piece together this huge puzzle that we’re working with.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/27/7-killed-in-florida-apartment-building-shooting/#ixzz2aH6W3seo

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/07/27/7-killed-in-florida-apartment-building-shooting/#ixzz2aH69VQjf

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