Police SWAT teams and hostage negotiators are keeping vigil near an underground bunker in rural Alabama.
The Dale County Sheriff told WBMA-TV that the man shot the driver in Midland City on Tuesday afternoon when he refused to let the child off the bus. The 67-year-old driver later died of his wounds. His identity wasn’t released.
Michael Senn, a local minister, told WSFA-TV that one girl who was on the bus said the gunman ordered most of the students off the vehicle. He then grabbed a young boy and shot the bus driver four times, Senn said. He said one 13-year-old on the bus was “really traumatized” by the incident.
The gunman, who was believed to live nearby, then took his hostage to the underground bunker, apparently on his property, which was described as a place normally used as protection from tornadoes.