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-- -- -- in Florida a lot of new information now that police and swat gear have brought an eight hour standoff to an end.
The violence with sudden it seemed to be random and now we know seven people are dead including the gunman police shot him.
It began about 24 hours ago in Hialeah that's just north of Miami.
Police say 42 year old Pedro Vargas said -- apartment on fire.
The building manager saw smoke coming from the unit went to check it out that's when things simply got out of control.
He came out the door mr.
Vargas and shot both of -- several times killing them right at the scene.
He was talking about the apartment manager and his wife.
Police say Vargas went back into his burning apartment walked out on his fourth story balcony at that point and just started shooting at any one.
The bullets hitting a dad who had just parked his car on the street.
Police say Vargas wasn't done.
The subject then -- ran.
Out at his apartment.
Ran down into the third floor.
Kicked the door open of an apartment.
And shot a man and his wife.
And bears seventeen year old daughter inside the apartment.
There were told this happened in rapid succession OK so first it was the fire department showing up because of the smoke that somebody -- -- -- seen.
And when they got there were told Vargas was running through the building firing dozens of shots at random so the firefighters.
Heard the gunshots and called for police.
Officers arriving chasing bargains he then took hostages inside that apartment complex.
Holding them for hours while police try to negotiate for their release back didn't go well.
But police found next they say was chilling.
When we found him.
In the investigation.
He still had plenty of live rounds of ammunition left with them.
Had we not cornered him had we not acted quickly and decisively.
And then entered.
And engaged in this could've been a much greater tragedy.
A much greater tragedy but tonight six victims are gone.
The big question why does this happen.
Eugene Ramirez the fox affiliate WSVN in South Florida joining us now they Eugene.
Some deet tails are finally starting to come out about this gunman what have you learned.
-- -- cops now focusing their investigation on this man's motive we know he's 42 years old we know he lived in this apartment building and killed some of the people who he would call.
Neighbors but he lives here with his mother she wasn't home.
At a time when all of this happen as a matter of fact police say she's now staying with relatives.
Elsewhere but what's really interesting -- -- a police say that before this incident they had never had any run -- -- problems with this 42 year old man.
Listen to what they had to say.
He doesn't have a criminal history that we've been able to discovered thus far.
He does not a have a history of irrational behavior from the people we have interviewed thus far.
A quiet man.
But what he did have despite not having a history of any run ins with the law was.
Apparently a lot of firepower police saying that they found him with a nine millimeter pistol with several rounds of ammunition several magazines as well discovering all of that.
When they went into that apartment where he held two people hostage.
Four hours and finally police -- were able to take him down so they do know that he definitely was.
Highly armed ready to combat not only residents and neighbors here in this building.
But police officers themselves -- Hialeah police saying that he shot several dozen rounds.
Out from a balcony.
Of his apartment so they're trying to discover now what exactly caused him to do -- this was a problem with the building manager who was his first big dumb or was -- something.
At random -- -- start looking at.
What any of any problems he may have had with management in this building if there was an addiction possibly that was pending or any sort of expectations.
As far as I conditions of his residency in this building which by the way as a mentioning that this mother but police say.
Had only lived here for a short time back to you.
Eugene Ramirez for us live in South -- Eugene thank you very much.
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