On Jan. 30, 2013, an Alabama gunman continued to hold a 6 year old hostage after killing a school bus driver the day before.
According to KHOU, authorities continue to try and negotiate with the suspected shooter, identified by law enforcement as Jimmy Dykes, 65. They announced that currently there is no reason to believe any harm has come to the child with whom the suspected gunman is barricaded.
The report indicates the underground bunker where the suspect and the child are holed up looks like a tornado shelter.
KHOU reports that Dykes is a retired truck driver and was due in court Wednesday morning related to charges involving shots fired at his neighbors over a speed bump issue.
The local news media outlet also notes that Dykes is “known around the neighborhood as a menacing figure who once beat a dog to death with a lead pipe, threatened to shoot children for setting foot on his property and patrolled his yard at night with a flashlight and a shotgun.”
Reuters reports that on Jan. 29 at around 4 p.m., the suspected gunman demanded a child be let off a school bus. When the driver refused, authorities believe the suspect boarded the bus, shot the driver, took the child, and left the scene.