Hostage Standoff in Alabama

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According to Fox News, a man trying to kidnap a 6-year-old boy, fatally shot a school bus driver in Midland City, Alabama on Tuesday. The suspect got away with the child and held him hostage overnight in what is described as an underground bunker on the man’s property located in a rural area. As of early Wednesday, authorities, who have been in contact with the suspect, believed the child to be doing okay but characterize the situation as “delicate”.

“Police with SWAT teams and negotiators were at the rural property. Residents in the surrounding area were evacuated and a bomb squad was at the scene.”

Tactical units, negotiators and other officers are reportedly at the scene, near a local church.

Michael Creel, who lives on the road where the shooting took place, claims that a girl told him the gunman said to the bus driver that he needed two children “between the ages of 6 and 8.”

It is difficult enough for parents to put their children on a school bus each morning, especially following events like Newtown. Incidents like this just serve to acerbate such anxieties.

Although police have not yet confirmed it, a Midland City paper has identified the suspect as 67-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, who was due in court Wednesday on a menacing charge.

According to CBS News, the driver, who died of multiple gunshot wounds, is said to have been in his mid-sixties. His name is being withheld until family members are notified.

There are many people throughout the country anxiously awaiting the outcome of this crisis. Parents, all too aware that it could be their child in this situation, undoubtedly have a special concern.

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