The hostage crisis continues:
Midland City, AL. Police and FBI negotiators are still in a standoff with a man who murdered a school bus driver before kidnapping a six-year-old child and holing up in an underground shelter. The trouble began on Tuesday afternoon, when the suspect boarded a bus in Midland City, in southeastern Alabama, and attempted to remove two children. When the driver intervened, the man shot him several times before taking one child and escaping to his home, where he hid in a "homemade bomb shelter" on his property. The bus driver died later from gunshot wounds.
Officials have provided few details about the suspect and his relationship to the child, but CNN reports that the child may have special needs (possibly autism) and is on medication. They also report that the suspect has a history of mental problems and run-ins with the law. A local newspaper, The Dothan Eagle, identified the man as 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes. He was reportedly facing a court hearing today on a charge of a "menacing" after an arrest last month. (continue reading at The Atlantic Wire )
The Dale County Sheriff's Office named the victim as 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland, Jr. It said he had been a bus driver since 2009 for the Dale County Board of Education. The shooter told the bus driver to get off the bus, but he refused to leave the children and now he is dead.