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7 killed in Florida shooting spree

English.news.cn   2013-07-28 16:12:15            

WASHINGTON, July 27 (Xinhua) -- A gunman killed six people before he was shot dead by the police in an apartment building in Miami, Florida, police said on Saturday.

Pedro Vargas, 42, set his home on the fourth floor on fire at 6:30 p.m. local time (2230 GMT) Friday in Hialeah, a suburb northwest of downtown Miami, local police spokesman Carl Zogby said.

The suspect, who lived with his mother in the five-story building, gunned down a 79-year-old building manager and his 69-year-old wife at the door of his apartment when they arrived to check it out after seeing the smoke, said the spokesman.h Vargas then fired gunshots into the street from his apartment's window, killing a 33-year-old man, who was parking his car.

Vargas, who reportedly moved into the building recently, also fired randomly from inside the building after killing a couple in their 50s and their teenage daughter at a third-floor apartment.

In a standoff that lasted hours, Vargas forced his way into a fifth-story unit and held two people captive before he was killed in an exchange of fire with the police.

The motives behind the crime remained unknown as an investigation was underway.


U.S. attorney general questions gun law

WASHINGTON, July 16 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday questioned the wisdom of the so-called Stand Your Ground laws in over two dozens of states, saying they needed to be reconsidered.

Holder voiced his concern at the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Orlando, Florida, as the law was associated with the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin.  Full story

5 dead in shooting spree in Santa Monica, California

LOS ANGELES, June 7 (Xinhua) -- Five people, including the gunman, were killed Friday in a shooting spree in Santa Monica, California, police said at a press conference.

Police revised down the death toll late Friday from earlier reports of seven.  Full story

4 dead in California shooting spree

BEIJING, Jan. 31 (Xinhuanet) -- An early morning shooting spree in Orange County, California has left four people dead, including the shooter, and several more injured.

Police first responded to a shooting in Ladera Ranch in south Orange County. Police there found a female victim shot dead. The suspect fled the scene and headed to the nearby city of Tustin.  Full story


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