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Gunman Kills School Bus Driver & Holds 5-Year-Old Boy Hostage

Wed, January 30, 2013 11:59am EDT by 4 Comments
Child Hostage Alabama Gun
Courtesy of Fox

A crazed gunman charged a school bus full of children on Jan. 29, and kidnapped an innocent boy, 5. The shooter killed the driver, and then fled with the boy to an underground bomb shelter where he is still holding him hostage.

An Alabama school bus full of children was attacked on Jan. 29 on its way home from school when an armed man stormed the vehicle and screamed at the kids to get off. He then grabbed a little boy, and shot the bus driver four times before fleeing with the 5-year-old.

The bus driver, Charles Albert Poland Jr., was killed trying to save the boy. As of Jan. 30, the gunman is keeping the boy hostage in an underground bunker — and authorities are trying desperately to release the boy to safety.

Gunman Charges School Bus In The Middle Of The Afternoon

The incident started on Jan. 29 near a church in Midland City, Ala. around 3:40 p.m. as the bus was driving kids home from school. Michael Senn, a local pastor, spoke to one of the girls on the bus, who described the attack.

“He told most of them to get off the bus,” Michael said. “And then he grabbed a little boy and shot the bus driver four times.”

Mike Creel, a neighbor of the suspect, also spoke to some of the kids who fled the bus. He said the suspect initially asked for two children.

“The one child he got ahold of actually fainted,” Mike said. “That was the reason he was able to grab him. And now he is hidden in his homemade bomb shelter.”

Boy, 5, Being Held Hostage In Underground Bomb Shelter

The suspect took the boy in a nearby bunker after fleeing the bus on the afternoon of Jan. 29. As of the morning on Jan. 30, the suspect was still holding the little boy hostage in the underground shelter.

The boy, who needs to take daily medicine, was delivered his prescription through a pipe down to the bunker on the night of Jan. 29. Authorities determined that the child had not been harmed.

Local police allowed the FBI to take over the hostage situation, and they hope to free the boy soon.

Such a scary situation. We hope the boy is returned home safely.


— Christina Stiehl

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