Hialeah Shooting Rampage Timeline

Pedro Vargas, the Hialeah gunman who shot and killed six people, was eventually killed by police. 
(Source: Hialeah Police)
Pedro Vargas
Here is a timeline of events that happened Friday night, July 26th, as witnesses said Pedro Vargas went on a shooting rampage at a Hialeah apartment complex. (Source: Hialeah Police)
Pedro Vargas, the Hialeah gunman who shot and killed six people, was eventually killed by police. (Source: Hialeah Police)
(Source: CBS4)
Fire Extinguisher That Started It All
July 26 - 6:30 p.m.: Friday evening, police said Vargas set fire to thousands of dollars from his bank account in the Hialeah apartment he shared with his elderly mother. (Source: CBS4)
(Source: CBS4)
(Source: CBS4)
Victims: Piscotti Family
Minutes later, the building managers, Italo and Samira Pisciotti, run to the apartment with a fire extinguisher. Vargas shoots them as they exit. They were both killed. The couple — Italo, 79, and Samira, 69 — managed the aging, five-story, beige building and lived in apartment 316, one floor below. (Source: CBS4)
(Source: CBS4)
(Source: CBS4)
Apartment Balcony
July 26 - 7:00 p.m.: Vargas goes onto a balcony and starts shooting at firefighters rushing to the scene of the fire. (Source: CBS4)
(Source: CBS4)
(Source: The Miami Herald/Gavilanes family / Courtesy of the family)
Victim: Carlos Gavilanes
Vargas fired 10-20 shots from the balcony into the street. One of them hit Gavilanes, 33, as neighbors said he was returning home from his 9-year-old son's boxing practice. He yelled at his son to run and managed to make it inside his building, where he then collapsed as his son screamed in horror, witnesses said. Gavilanes was killed. (Source: The Miami Herald/Gavilanes family / Courtesy of the family)
(Source: The Miami Herald/Gavilanes family / Courtesy of the family)
(Source: CBS4)
37A Bullet
Picture of a bullet hole that Vargas shot in a door. (Source: CBS4)
(Source: CBS4)
(Source: Perez Family and  Augustine Hernandez)
Victims: Merly Niebles, Patricio Simono, Priscilla Perez
7:30 p.m.: Vargas forces his way into a third floor apartment and murders the building's maintenance man Patricio Simono. Vargas then moved through the family's apartment where Merly Niebles and her daughter were hiding in the bathroom with the door shut. The gunman fired through the door, killing both. Vargas then takes two hostages and barricades himself in another apartment. (Source: Perez Family and Augustine Hernandez)
(Source: Perez Family and Augustine Hernandez)
(Source: CBS4)
Bullet Holes Pierce Wall
Bullet holes Vargas shoots in an apartment wall during his rampage. (Source: CBS4)
(Source: CBS4)
(Source: The Miami Herald/Cortesia Policia de Hialeah)
Hostages Trapped In Apartment
Picture taken by robot of where Vargas took two hostages and barricaded himself in another apartment. (Source: The Miami Herald/Cortesia Policia de Hialeah)
(Source: The Miami Herald/Cortesia Policia de Hialeah)
(Source: CBS4)
Tenants Forced Outside
July 27 - 12:00 a.m.: Saturday morning, police evacuate some tenants in the building while the others lock themselves in their homes and close their blinds. (Source: CBS4)
(Source: CBS4)
(Source: CBS4)
Hialeah Police Crowd Streets
Police crowd streets outside of Hialeah apartment complex where the shooting took place July 26th.(Source: CBS4)
(Source: CBS4)
(Source: CBS4)
Police Prepare For Standoff
Negotiations break down and the SWAT Team is sent to move in. (Source: CBS4)
(Source: CBS4)
(Source: The Miami Herald/Luis Garcia/El Nuevo Herald)
SWAT Floor Plan In Apartment
Floor plan of SWAT Team, victims and Vargas inside of the apartment - 1. Six members of the Hialeah SWAT team position themselves inside the apartment. 2. The hostages, kneeling on the floor and terrified, beg for their lives while Vargas points a gun at them. 3. From an adjacent balcony, the police hurl a flashbang grenade. 4. Vargas is distracted for a millisecond. 5. Officers with shields hustle the hostages out. 6. Vargas opens fire, but the bullets get embedded in the police shields and vests. 7. Police officers fire back and kill Vargas. (Source: The Miami Herald/Luis Garcia/El Nuevo Herald)
(Source: The Miami Herald/Luis Garcia/El Nuevo Herald)
(Source: CBS4)
SWAT Team Moves In
SWAT officers storm the apartment, rescuing the hostages. (Source: CBS4)
(Source: CBS4)
(Source: CBS4)
Shots Fired At Vargas
Red light beams out of the apartment where police shot Vargas dozens of times, killing him. (Source: CBS4)
(Source: CBS4)
(Source: CBS4)
Hialeah Hostage Gets Care
One hostage gets taken out on stretcher after the rampage in the apartment complex. (Source: CBS4)
(Source: CBS4)
Source: CBS4
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Hialeah Fire Rescue go in apartment. (Source: CBS4)
Source: CBS4
(Source: Lance Dixon/ Miami Herald)
After Hialeah Shooting
July 28 - Sunday night, Hialeah firefighters continue work inside the charred apartment of shooter Pedro Vargas. (Source: Lance Dixon/ Miami Herald)
(Source: Lance Dixon/ Miami Herald)
(Source: CBS4)
Families Remember Victims
The next day families of victims gather to remember loved ones (Source: CBS4)
(Source: CBS4)
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