Wed Jan 30, 2013, 09:40 AM
kpete (43,537 posts)
Wayne's World: Gunman Shoots Bus Driver in Ala., Takes Child as Hostage
A gunman shot and killed a school bus driver in Midland City, Ala., Tuesday afternoon and escaped the scene with a 6-year-old passenger, which has prompted a hostage situation that is still going on this morning.
The suspected gunman is identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 60-something military veteran, a police source told ABC News. Dykes and the child are in an underground bunker behind his home.
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Wayne's World: Gunman Shoots Bus Driver in Ala., Takes Child as Hostage (Original post)
Response to ananda (Reply #1)
Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:37 AM
2pooped2pop (3,329 posts)
4. Didn't he take a particular kid?
I'm going to have to go back and try to find it but I thought I read that the reason he shot the bus driver was because he wouldn't give him the kid. If so, maybe he knows the kid and at least won't harm him?
This is just so bizarre.
On edit, it does not read that he wanted a particular kid, just a hostage, two preferred but only one little guy didn't get away.
This is maddening.
Response to 2pooped2pop (Reply #4)
Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:02 PM
riverwalker (7,465 posts)
5. the child was autistic
and needs medication, the negotiaters had to give it to him through a PVC pipe in the bunker.
I don't know why this is not a bigger story.
The bus driver was a true hero, he died protecting his children from a crazed paranoid prepper.
Response to CBGLuthier (Reply #2)
Wed Jan 30, 2013, 10:13 AM
Whiskeytide (736 posts)
3. Holy crap...
... I just watched enough of that to be freakin' terrified ... that there are people in this country who will send this guy money, buy guns and ammo, MREs, fuel and whatever other snake oil he's selling, and then bunker themselves down to survive the inevitable government zombie apocalypse and stay out of the FEMA mass graves.
I think he actually said "...if a band of marauders invaded your home and mercilessly slaughtered you and your family, would you be able to live with the knowledge that you could have done something about it?" Um, no. Not under those facts.
Response to kpete (Original post)
Wed Jan 30, 2013, 12:12 PM
riverwalker (7,465 posts)
6. "thinks the government’s out to get him. He’s not right in the head"
The kidnapper has been identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 65-year-old military veteran who lives on a rural Private Road 1539 off of U.S. Highway 231. On Tuesday at 3:30 PM, Dykes assaulted a school bus and demanded hostages to hold off the “law coming for him.” He then fatally shot the driver multiple times after he attempted to prevent Dykes from escaping with a child.
The county coroner, Woodrow Hilboldt, said that Dykes had his hostage held in “what has been described to me as an underground bunker. Someplace to get out of the way of a tornado.”
Neighbors described Dykes' behavior as erratic. “It's the craziest thing. He will be outside in his yard digging dirt at 2:30 AM in the morning,” James Davis Jr. said.
“He’s the type that thinks the government’s out to get him. He’s not right in the head,” adds neighbor Michael Creel.
Creel said he had attempted to stop Dykes.
“He’s 67 years old, so I figured I could catch him,” he said. “Apparently he didn’t go through the field like I thought. He’s got a four-foot-wide, about six-foot-long, eight-foot-deep homemade bomb shelter. It’s got about three to four feet of sand on top of it. If you didn’t know it was there, you wouldn’t .”