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Four Dead Following South Florida Shooting, Chase

A gunman who shot and killed a mother and daughter in Southwest Miami-Dade led police on a high-speed chase that ended in the far stretches of Broward County Wednesday morning when he crashed his Mercedes, killing a motorist who crossed his path.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said that the gunman died after a tense stand-off that began when deputies heard shots coming from the vehicle. The identities of those killed will not be released until their families are notified.

The drama started as a shooting in the South Miami Heights neighborhood in the 12300 block of Southwest 190th Street. It continued in a high-speed attempted getaway and then a horrific crash at U.S. 27 at Griffin Road, in which a female driver hit by the fleeing car was ejected and died on the road.

The Mercedes was tracked by news TV helicopters at about 10 a.m. Wednesday going northbound at speeds of more than 100 mph. TV footage shows the gunman's Mercedes crossover slam another motorist broadside. The driver was ejected from her Mercedes and later pronounced dead at the scene.

A Broward sheriff's SWAT team, --joined by other SWAT teams from Davie, Pembroke Pines and Miami-Dade -- surrounded the car, along with 50 other police and emergency vehicles.

Shortly after 11 a.m., the gunman was removed by SWAT teams. Initial news reports indicated that he had killed himself.

The drama started with the shooting of two women, a mother and a daughter, in Southwest Miami-Dade in what police are saying began as a domestic dispute.

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