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January 21, 2007
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Indiana police search for gunman, kidnapper after 9-hour hostage situation

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) -- Police searched for four children and their mother after a gunman shot a man and held the woman and children hostage for about nine hours before forcing them into a car and fleeing, police said.

Police on Saturday issued an Amber Alert and said the children and their mother, 31-year-old Kimberly N. Walker, were in extreme danger. The children range in age from 16 months to 9 years old, authorities said.

Police were looking for Jerry D. White, 30, and believed he might be headed to Chicago after the shooting in the northern Indiana city. Detective Sgt. Bill Wargo said an arrest warrant with charges of attempted murder and several counts of confinement had been issued for White.

Police said White had apparently been harassing Walker, his ex-girlfriend, over the last few days, and her sister and her sister's boyfriend had decided to stay with her and the children.

About 2 a.m., White broke into Walker's house and shot her sister's boyfriend, Wargo said. Police said he held everyone hostage until about 11:30 a.m., when he fled and Walker's sister was able to call police.

The boyfriend was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, police said.

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