Two Chicago-area girls taken by father found safe

Man is person of interest in mother's homicide

UPDATE 3/15 5:00 p.m. -- Both of the girls have been found safe, police say.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

MARKHAM, Ill. (AP) — Police say a father who disappeared with his two young children is considered a person of interest in the fatal shooting of their mother at a suburban Chicago gas station.

Authorities say 27-year-old Lakisha Robie died early Wednesday after the shooting in Markham. Police Chief Mack Sanders says she had been seen arguing with Lynn Washington, the children's father, while returning from a club with another man.

Police described Washington as a person of interest, but Sanders says they're "not saying" he's responsible for the shooting.

Illinois State Police announced an Amber Alert on Wednesday night for their children, 2-year-old Jordyn and 3-year-old Lynn. The search continues Thursday. 

Sanders says Washington, who is barred from contacting the children due to a protection order, picked them up from a family friend.

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