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Indiana mother kidnapped in front of her two children during home invasion found shot dead in her SUV

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Feb. 1 2022, Published 2:20 p.m. ET

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An Indiana mother was kidnapped at gunpoint during a home invasion and then shot blocks away after the intruder forced her to help him flee, police said.

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On Jan. 29, the assailant, dressed in all black, carrying a black backpack and armed with a short-barreled rifle, forced his way into the Fort Wayne, Indiana, residence of 39-year-old Maria Del Scorro Maldonado Ambriz, Newsweek reported.

“After threatening to kill the victim and her children,” ages 12 and 14, “the suspect kidnapped the victim and forced her to drive him away in her SUV," the Fort Wayne Police Department said.

According to authorities, at around 5:19 p.m. and four blocks from the victim’s home, the man fired approximately 30 rounds into the vehicle before fleeing on foot.

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Multiple people witnessed the incident, and responding officers found Ambriz murdered in the SUV.

“For those who live in this area, please review any security cameras you may have installed on your property for a suspect dressed in all black running with a rifle and black backpack,” police said.

Authorities have not disclosed if the shooter and victim knew each other.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Fort Wayne Police Department at (260) 427-1222, Crime Stoppers at (260) 436-7867, or via the P3 Tips app.


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