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September 12, 2012
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A Sioux Falls, S.D., SWAT team member aims a gun inside a Cost Cutters hair salon, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, before officers entered and found the gunman dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police say the gunman kidnapped his two kids from a babysitter at gunpoint, shot an employee, Amanda Connors, to death in a car in the parking lot and then holed up inside the salon.

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Police in Sioux Falls, S.D., responding to a car accident in the parking lot of the Cost Cutters hair salon found a woman, Amanda Connors, dead inside the car from a gunshot wound, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Police say the gunman kidnapped his two kids from a babysitter at gunpoint, shot Connors, a Cost Cutters employee, and then holed up inside the salon. Officers later found the man inside dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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A Sioux Falls, S.D., SWAT team member walks a police dog out of a Cost Cutters hair salon, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, after officers entered and found a gunman dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police say the gunman kidnapped his two kids from a babysitter at gunpoint, shot an employee, Amanda Connors, to death in a car in the parking lot and then holed up inside the salon.

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Officers attend to the hostage situation at Cost Cutters in Sioux Falls, S.D. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. A man took his two young children from a babysitter’s home at gunpoint then holed up inside a hair salon after officers found a woman shot to death in a car he was believed to have been driving, police said.