Two children were reported missing and believed to be in danger Wednesday night after authorities said they were taken by their father, who is a person of interest in the shooting death of their mother.
Illinois State Police issued an Amber Alert at 10:14 p.m. Wednesday at the request of the Markham Police Department, ISP said.
Lynn Roby, a 3-year-old boy, and Jordyn Washington, a 2-year-old girl, were taken by their father Lynn Washington around 2 p.m. from the area of 65 E. 156th St. in suburban Harvey, officials said.
Washington is a person of interest in the shooting death of the children's mother at a gas station in Markham early Wednesday, Markham Police Chief Mack Sanders said in a statement.
Around 1:34 a.m., Lakisha Robie, 27, was shot at a BP gas station located at West 167th Street and Pulaski Road, according to Markham police and the Cook County Medical Examiner's office. She was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, officials said.
The children were in the care of a family friend at the time of her death, according to police.
Washington picked the children up from the family friend Wednesday afternoon, officials said. He was prohibited from having any contact with the children based on a court-mandated order of protection issued Nov. 30, 2017.
Washington is considered armed and the children were believed to be in danger, authorities said. All three were last seen in a silver 2004 or 2005 Chevrolet Malibu or Impala, according to police.
Washington was described as a black man in his 40s, standing around 5 feet 9 inches and weighing 180 pounds. He has tattoos on his neck, left arm, right arm and chest, officials said.
Anyone with information on the children's whereabouts was asked to call 911.