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Bus Driver Shot, Child Held Hostage

Posted on 30. Jan, 2013 by in Headlines, Headlines Featured

Police said a man boarded an Alabama school bus, shot and killed the bus driver and took a boy of 6, hostage

Police said a man boarded an Alabama school bus, shot and killed the bus driver and took a boy of 6, hostage

January 30, 2013 - Police said a man boarded an Alabama school bus, shot and killed the bus driver and took a boy of 6, hostage. Hours later, early Wednesday morning, the man still had the young boy in a bunker underground. The incident all started on Tuesday afternoon and authorities are still desperately trying to get the young boy freed.

Tuesday night the man still had the boy located in a storm shelter of a bunker of some sort underground, but authorities were in communication with the man via a PVC pipe. The Sheriff’s Department of Dale County where the incident took place said that the hostage situation was still ongoing over 15 hours after the incident began.

Creating even more tension was that the child needs to take medication daily and authorities were finally able to send the medication down the PVC pipe so the boy could take it. Authorities also were able to confirm that the child has not been harmed physically be the kidnapper.

Midland City, where the incident took place, is in the southeastern corner of Alabama and the incident started at 4:40 ET close to a small church. Students who were on the bus at the time of the shooting said the man boarded the bus grabbed the boy and then shot the driver four times.

A neighbor of the suspect said other children on the bus said the man had demanded that two children go with him, but one of the boys fainted and the man had to grab him and could only take one. The neighbor said the man has lived in the area for two years and started building his underground shelter as soon as he moved in.

The suspect’s name has not been released and as of early morning Wednesday, the FBI took over the crisis that was still ongoing as of 5:00 am ET.

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