Seven killed, including gunman, in Florida shootout; 2 hostages rescued

SWAT officers shot and killed a gunman early Saturday after he killed 6 people, ending an hours-long standoff near Miami, Fla., police said.
Two people were rescued alive and unharmed from an apartment building where they were being held hostage, Hialeah police spokesman Sgt. Eddie Rodriguez told NBC News.
The SWAT team found the gunman barricaded on the fourth floor of the building, where they killed him and saved the two hostages.
The building manager and her husband were found dead in a hallway and three others, two females and one male, were found in one of the apartments, Rodriguez said. Another man was found dead in the lobby of a building across the street.
“This is one of the worst shootings we’ve probably had ever in Hialeah,” police spokesman Carl Zogby told NBC Miami.
Police first responded to a 911 call at 6:30 p.m. ET Friday. They evacuated the apartment complex and shut down several surrounding streets.
Negotiators were talking to the gunman before the shootout and police sent a robot onto the scene.
Police were investigating the motive and were still identifying those who were killed.
This is a breaking news story. Please check back for more updates.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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