KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Six minor league players for the Houston Astros were tied up and robbed in their hotel rooms by two gunmen today. Police shot one gunman while the other escaped.
The armed robbery took place at a Holiday Inn in Kissimmee, where the Astros stay for spring training.
The gunmen burst into the players' rooms, tied them up and held them at gunpoint in two rooms, police said.
Kissimmee police arrived at the scene after one of the players was able to untie himself and call 911, said Cmdr. Fran Iwanski, a spokeswoman for Kissimmee police.
Officers shot one of the gunmen, and the second gunman fled the scene, she said. The wounded gunman was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center.
No players were hurt. No other details were immediately available.
''Their doors were unlocked, which may have started this,'' Iwanski said.
A woman staying with her husband and son in the room underneath the players' room told The Associated Press she heard screaming, three shots fired and the shattering of the hotel room's glass window.
''It sounded like it was raining when the glass shattered,'' Gail Wolkowski said.
Later in the morning, maintenance workers washed away blood from the walkway in front of the hotel room and covered the shattered window with a wood plank.
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