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Alabama mom shot in front of her kids, manhunt for suspect

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) - -

UPDATE 5 PM: The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says the hospital holding the victim reports that she is on life support. She has been identified as Habibba Moneque Walker.

Around 10 a.m., there were initial reports that the victim had succumbed to her injuries which have been proven untrue.

The Sheriff's Office has identified the suspect as 46-year-old Dereck Jamaille Walker. 

He is described as a black male who is bald with a beard. He is 5’8” tall and weighs 200 pounds. Walker was last seen driving a silver 1996 Acura TL with Alabama tag 1CM3884.

Law enforcement are actively searching for Walker; anyone with information about this case including the whereabouts of Dereck Walker is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is searching for a suspect accused of breaking into his ex-wife's home and shooting her Monday morning while her children were home. 

According to the Sheriff's Office, just before 8 a.m. Monday morning, deputies responded to the scene in the 300 block of Trenton Street where they found the 45-year-old woman suffering critical injuries. She was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

The Sheriff's Office says the woman's children were home, but fled to a neighbor's house and were not injured. Officials say the suspect broke into the home where the victim and her children live, and the two argued before he pulled a gun and shot her. 

The suspect fled in a silver Acura before deputies arrived. 

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.

CBS 42 is working to learn more about the victim's condition; we'll update this story as more information is released from officials. Tune into the CBS 42 News at Noon, 5 and 6 for a full report. 

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