Florida gunman kills 6 in standoff with police

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.

Pedro Vargas

Cops say Pedro Vargas, 43, set a combustible liquid on fire to start the blaze

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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.

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