Police said a patrol officer saw him acting strangely, and when the officer got out of her cruiser to talk to him, police said Gonzales ran around the officer and got into the car.
A witness describes hearing shots fired and seeing an officer being taken away with a neck wound.
The woman left the apartment near the Universal Orlando theme park late Sunday and alerted authorities to the assault, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said. Gunfire was exchanged. Mina said they don't know if the man was shot.
"We have spoken with him a couple of times, and he's hung up the phone a couple of times", said Mina, who stressed the safety of the children is top priority. The police chief asked the community for prayers for the officer and his family.
Judy Pepper, who lives in the apartment complex, told the Orlando Sentinel that she had fallen asleep on the couch after watching the Sunday night baseball game on television when she heard four loud gunshots.
"I got scared, and I called 911, " Martinez told the Sentinel at a McDonald's about a quarter-mile north of the Westbrook Apartments as a SWAT team was trying to negotiate with the suspect.
The suspect, who officials say has a criminal history, is the father of some of the children, according to Mina.
"It just went, "Pop. Pop. Pop. Pop", Pepper said".
The shooting and hostage situation took place at the Westbrook Apartments in Orlando.
Officers evacuated other residents of the complex in the middle of the night. Some of them stood waiting in nearby restaurant parking lots, still wearing pajamas.