Pedro Vargas set fire to his South Florida apartment, killed 6, and held another 2 hostage at gunpoint for three hours before a SWAT team stormed the complex and fatally shot him Saturday, according to police and witness accounts.
A Florida madman went on a rampage in his apartment complex, killing six innocents, shooting it out with police and holding two people hostage for three hours before cops shot him dead.
Pedro Vargas, 43, began his eight hours of terror early Friday evening by torching the fourth-floor apartment he shared with his mother in the building in Hialeah, just a few miles north of Miami.
Building managers Italo Pisciotti, 79, and his wife, Camira Pisciotti, 69, noticed smoke and ran to Vargas’ residence.
Neighbor Nelson Flores said he witnessed an argument as Pisciotti wanted to call the police — but Vargas insisted he hold off, since he had something to hide.
A newborn baby girl died in China after her mother threw out of the window of a block of flats, the latest in a series of infanticide cases that have appalled the Chinese public and reignited debate about the country’s one child policy.
Surveillance footage aired by a local TV station showed a bag containing the newborn plummeting to the road outside the building in the north-eastern city of Harbin. After hitting the ground, it was run over by a car.
Firefighters had to cut out the pipe and bring it to the hospital, where the 2-day-old was rescued. Authorities are hunting for his parents.
By Lee Moran / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
HAP/Quirky China News/Rex / Rex
Firefighters free a newborn from a pipe after the baby by was flushed down toilet in Jinhua, Zhejiang province.
PARIS: Part of a five-storey residential building collapsed in the centre of the northeastern French city of Reims on Sunday, killing two people and injuring at least 10, officials said.
The collapse, which left several apartments dangling in open air, may have been caused by a gas explosion and investigations were continuing, regional official Michel Bernard told BFM-TV.
The casualty toll was provisional and could rise, he said.
Around 10 of the 40 apartments in the 1960s-era building were affected by the 11.15 a.m. (0915 GMT) collapse.
“There is a lot of rubble to clear,” he said.