Published: Oct 05, 2010 3:33 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 05, 2010 12:33 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - A couple and their two young children told St. Petersburg Police that masked and armed men held them hostage for about five hours.

Police said the Monday morning incident began when the woman who lives in the home was confronted by three masked men. They forced her back inside the home at gunpoint and woke up everyone else.

The ordeal ended when the father dived through a window in a bid to escape their captors. The men opened fire on him, striking him once in the upper torso. Police said he did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

Police said they don't know what the men were looking for, what demands they made of the family or why they held the family hostage. The incident is under investigation.