Bus Driver shot dead, Boy taken hostage

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) —
Sheriff's officials in Dale County say a school bus driver who was shot
aboard his bus in Midland City has died.

The Dale County Sheriff
told WBMA-TV (http://bit.ly/WthpQh) that an unidentified man boarded a
school bus, shot a bus driver several times and left the bus with a
6-year-old passenger Tuesday afternoon.

Police say the incident
unfolded after the bus driver refused the suspect's demand to let the
child off the bus. Authorities say the man took the child to an area
behind a nearby church, and police are negotiating with him.

Police
in Midland City were not immediately available to comment, and a call
to the Dale City Sheriff's office was not answered Tuesday evening.

The bus driver's identity has not been released.

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