A Manassas house painter, who police said shot his estranged girlfriend, surrendered to police last night after barricading himself in her house and holding officers as bay for several hours.

Police said jerome Cade shot his former girlfriend, Linda Butler, outside her Taney Road home in the middle-class South Georgetown neighborhood of Manassas.

Butler was taken to Washington Hospital Center by helicopter, a hospital spokesman said.

Las night, she was listed by the hospital in critical condition. The woman suffered neck and head wounds in the incident, the hospital spokesman said.

After the shooting, about 1p.m., Cade went back into the house, police said. During the afternoon, a special FBI negotiator tried to persuade Cade over the telephone to surrender.

About 7:45 p.m., police said , Cade came to the front door of the house and tossed his gun out, went back inside, but reemerged seconds later and put up his hands.

He was handcuffed and taken to the city police station. Police said he was charged with attempted murder and using a firearm in commission of a felony.

Manassas and Prince William County officials delayed the closing of schools in the area for an hour because of the shooting. Children were allowed to go home about 4 p.m. after arrangements were made for children who live in the neighborhood to go to other homes.

Butler's daughter and the two children of her unidentified female housemate stayed with a neighbor.

According to one of his former associates, Cade had lived with Mrs. Butler, who was divorced and had one child, until about nine months ago.

Butler, a checker at a supermarket, was described by neighbors and friends as highly popular.