Asian gang members who orchestrated a terrifying 81/2-hour store siege that left six people dead and 11 wounded were angry over hardships in America, former hostages and authorities said Friday.

The taking of 41 hostages apparently was "an attempt to gain notoriety and attention. . . . They were very, very unhappy people," said Sheriff Glen Craig.Three hostages and three of four gunmen were killed late Thursday when police blasted their way into an electronics store.

The gunmen, who had already wounded two hostages, had been flipping coins to determine who they would kill and were pointing guns at hostages' heads.