Man Shoots School Bus Driver, Takes Child Hostage
Hiding with 6-year-old in bunker he dug
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2013 1:43 AM CST
Updated Jan 30, 2013 3:55 AM CST
The scene outside a church where the hostage drama took place.   (InsaneMrBrain)

(Newser) – A man in Midland City, Ala., is holding a 6-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker after shooting a school bus driver dead. The incident started yesterday afternoon when the man boarded the school bus near a church, CNN reports. "He told most of them to get off the bus," a local pastor says. "And then he grabbed a little boy and shot the bus driver four times." A resident who spoke to children that fled the bus says the man demanded two children, and then grabbed one that had fainted.

Neighbors have identified the man as 67-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, the Dothan Eagle reports. They say Dykes spent at least a year creating a bunker behind his home and was sometimes seen digging late at night. "He’s the type that thinks the government’s out to get him," a neighbor says. "He’s not right in the head." SWAT team members have been communicating with Dykes through a pipe.

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Jan 31, 2013 12:47 AM CST
I cannot wait for the police to get their guns or their hands on this serial killer-child-kidnapper-child rapist. Praying that the little 6-year old boy comes out completely unharmed, and Praying for his parents, too. Wonder how the police will be able to get underground to rescue the child or will the psycho come out on his own???
Jan 30, 2013 11:21 PM CST
Where are these idiots coming from? Shooting the bus driver is insane and kidnapping a kid.
Jan 30, 2013 3:35 PM CST
I've got it figured out, it's the gun's fault. RIGHT?