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2 killed, 2 wounded in shootout

Two men who police think belonged to a gang involved in home invasions and drug rip-offs were killed and two others wounded late Thursday in a shootout with authorities, an FBI spokeswoman said. The shootout occurred about 7 p.m. at a northeast Dade warehouse where FBI agents, along with Metro-Dade police and officers with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, had gone to investigate the alleged gang activity, said Lucie Vonderhaar, an FBI spokeswoman.

"(The four) have been thought to be involved in some possible home invasions and drug rip-offs in the past," she said. "The agents announced their presence and then the suspects fired upon the agents, and at that time, they returned fire."

One of the suspects died at the scene, while the other was pronounced dead at Jackson Memorial Hospital, she said. The two others were being treated at the hospital.

The conditions of the two wounded men were not immediately available, and the names of the four men were not released. No law enforcement officers were injured, the spokeswoman said.

The four were heavily armed, she said, with officers confiscating an AK-47, a Mac-10 with a silencer and some handguns.

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