School Bus Driver Shot in Alabama, Hostage Situation Continues

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A horrific scene went down yesterday near Midland City, Alabama, as a shooter opened fire inside an elementary school bus, killing the driver and kidnapping a six-year old passenger.

According to a local ABC affiliate, the incident took place around 3:30 p.m. when the culprit demanded the driver release the child into his custody.

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When the driver refused, the suspect - later identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes - shot him, grabbed the kid and fled the scene.

He then took the six-year old hostage behind a local church.

As of 11:50 p.m. last night, Dykes had yet to surrender or release the child, leading to the following statement from the Dale County Sheriff's Office:

"The Dale County Sheriff's Department has established a command post location at the intersection of 231 North and Private Road 1539 in Dale County, Alabama following a shooting. Multiple agencies are present assisting with the incident. Authorities say a call was received regarding a shooting involving a Dale County School Bus at 3:36 p.m.

"At this time limited details are being released however the Sheriff's Department has confirmed one adult male was shot and the suspect is not in custody. Further details will be released as they become available.

Dykes, 65, was arrested on December 22 for pulling a gun on a man and charged with menacing.