Families Devastated By Hialeah Shooting Rampage
South Florida Crime
HIALEAH (CBS4) – The families of the six people killed are talking about what happened to their loved ones inside and near a Hialeah apartment complex Friday night.
Six people were killed during the shooting rampage and standoff.
Three women and three men were shot to death before SWAT teams took down the shooter.
“I heard about 15 to 20 shots so I went downstairs and I heard my neighbors screaming that my parents had been shot,” said Shamira Pisciotti, the daughter of the apartment managers who were both killed.
Camira Pisciotti, 68, and her husband Italo Pisciotti,78, were shot multiple times after the gunman lured them to his apartment by setting it on fire.
“My mom was dead the moment that she was shot and my dad still had a pulse when I got to him but by the time I got downstairs police were already getting ready to go in,” said Pisciotti.
According to police, the shooter identified as Pedro Vargas, 42, started to spray bullets from a balcony into the streets.
Carlos Gavilanes, 33, a father of two, was hit.
His girlfriend told CBS4 News Gavilanes was just getting home with their 9-year-old son at the family’s apartment across the street when she heard dozens of shots.
She ran outside to find her son hysterical, lying on top of his dad. She says Gavilanes had rushed their son inside the building and saved his life.
The shooter then went back into the building according to police and broke into another unit, where he murdered everyone inside including a young girl.
Family says Pricilla Perez,17, was gunned down in the shower. Her mom Merly Niebles and step-dad Patricio Simono were also killed.
“He killed an innocent family,” said Augustine Hernandez, the brother-in-law of one of the victims. “He broke down the door and killed everyone.”
Family describes Perez as a sweet girl and hard worker, always willing to help out.
“She was such a sweet girl,” said Catalina Vasquez, Perez’ friend. “We miss her so much.”
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