Seven shot dead at Hialeah apartment building


Miami Herald Writer

Seven people are dead in a Hialeah hostage shooting, according to police.

The dead include the landlords of a building and the suspect, who was killed by police early Saturday, said Hialeah police spokesman Carl Zogby.

"At the time, the suspect was holding at least two hostages at gunpoint," Zogby said.

Hialeah SWAT moved in early Saturday morning, eight hours after the standoff started, and shot the suspect dead, Zogby said.

In addition to the suspect, three women and three men were killed, he said.

All of the victims died on the scene. No officers were hurt, Zogby said.

A husband and wife who operated a Hialeah apartment building were among those shot dead after what seemed to be an argument over one of the units that began Friday night.

Italo Pisciotti, 78, and Samira Pisciotti, 68, were shot 15 to 20 times in a fourth floor apartment in the building they managed near 46th Street and West 16th Avenue in Hialeah, according to authorities.

It was unknown if the shooter lived in the building.

Shamira Pisciotti, the couple’s daughter, said she heard 15 to 20 shots at 6:30 p.m. and saw residents coming out of their apartments to see what happened. “I saw my mother’s dead body,” she said. “She died the moment she was shot, but it looks like my dad was still alive after he was shot.”

Pisciotti, who lives in another unit in the building, said police evacuated her and the remaining tenants from the building.

Her parents had gone to talk to a tenant who had filed a complaint, Pisciotti said.

“It seems like he was the one who shot my mom and my dad.”

Police found the body of four other victims.

The area near the building was surrounded by dozens of police officers, aided by Hialeah Fire-Rescue and officers from other police agencies. Cars were kept from entering the area. Helicopters flew overhead.

The building houses 90 families.

El Nuevo Herald staff writer Julio Menache contributed to this report.

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