March 15, 2009 / 1:36 PM / 11 years ago

Five killed in Miami murder-suicide: police

MIAMI (Reuters) - A Cuban immigrant shot and killed four people including his estranged wife before taking his own life early on Sunday in Miami, police and local media said.

A sergeant with the Miami Police Department’s homicide division who declined to give his name said the man, wielding a semi-automatic handgun, shot his victims inside a house in the city’s Little Havana district shortly after midnight.

He then sped off in a pickup truck and turned the gun on himself at his home, which he had apparently set on fire, about 3 miles away.

“It was domestic-related,” the sergeant said. “The wife left him and he tracked her down, unfortunately.”

He declined to elaborate, saying the case was still under investigation.

But the Miami Herald said victims of the shooter, who had moved to Miami from Cuba about 10 years ago, included his wife, her daughter and her mother.

The daughter’s boyfriend was also killed, according to the newspaper.

In Alabama last week, near that state’s southeast border with Florida, a man shot and killed 10 people including his mother, grandmother, uncle and two cousins, before shooting himself dead.

Reporting by Tom Brown; Editing by Cynthia Osterman

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