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N. Carolina family of four, abducted while fishing, escapes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The family of four kidnapped in Gaston County on Friday by a former death row inmate was taken from the popular "hot hole" fishing spot in Belmont, authorities said.

The family, which has not been identified, managed to escape 12 hours later after the suspect, 52-year-old Jerry Douglas Case, stopped at a convenience store near Gaffney in Cherokee County, S.C.

Case was in serious condition Sunday at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center after a shootout with Cherokee County sheriff's deputies Saturday. A deputy suffered a minor scratch on the leg during the exchange of gunfire.

Details around the case were still sketchy Sunday. Gaston and Cherokee authorities would not comment on Case's motive or reveal the identity of the family. Details of the 12-hour ordeal also have not been released.

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