A school bus driver was shot and a child taken hostage on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 29) in Midland, City, Alabama. According to a report on the incident, a man boarded the bus before shooting the driver several times and taking a 6-year-old passenger off the bus with him.
Police have identified the shooter as 65-year-old jimmy Lee Dykes. At this time, the suspect has not been taken into custody, and according to a new report from WTVR, Dykes is believed to be in a bunker located behind his nearby residence. This is considered an ongoing hostage situation and the name of the abducted child has not been released.
Apparently when Dykes boarded the bus to take off the child, the driver refused to let the child get off the bus. It was then that Dykes shot him four times. The driver has now died of the wounds that he received in the altercation and this has become an even tenser standoff as a result. While there are differing reports on the news about whether the situation has concluded, there has been no confirmation of that fact.
The fact that a school bus driver was shot while trying to protect a child is a bad enough, but there were reportedly even more children on the bus that witnessed it happen. It has all led to the 6-year-old becoming a hostage in this breaking story. More information on these tragic events is likely to be released as authorities get a better handle on the situation.