South Alabama school bus driver shot to death-6 yr old kidnapped www.privateofficer.com
Midland City AL Jan 30 2013
Authorities in southeastern Alabama say a man boarded a school bus, fatally shot the driver, then removed a 6-year-old passenger and ran.
The Dale County Sheriff told WBMA-TV that the suspect shot the driver in Midland City several times after he refused to let the child off the bus Tuesday afternoon. The driver later died of his wounds.
It is unclear how many other students were aboard the bus at the time, though WSFA.com reports that several children on the bus witnessed the man shoot the driver take the young boy away.
The man took the child to an area behind a nearby church, and police were negotiating with him Tuesday night. Details on the relationship between the man and child were not immediately available.
Police said the suspect was not in custody as of Tuesday evening. The bus driver’s identity has not been released.
Michael Senn, a local minister, tells MyFoxAl.com that numerous children ran to a church near the scene of the incident after the suspect reportedly ordered them off the bus.
“All the kids are at a safe place,” Senn said, adding that all of the children appeared to be in shock.
The Dale County Sheriff said in a statement late Saturday that residents in the immediate area of the incident were evacuated as a precautionary measure.
Police in Midland City were not immediately available to comment, and a call to the Dale City Sheriff’s office was not answered.
Schools in Dale County will be closed Wednesday because of the shooting, Dale County Board of Education secretary Lisa Harden said.
Midland City is about 10 miles northwest of Dothan.