Bus driver shot, child taken hostage - CBS46 News

Bus driver shot, child taken hostage

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MIDLAND CITY, AL (AP) -

Alabama authorities say a man boarded a school bus, shot the driver several times, then removed a 6-year-old passenger and ran.

The Dale County Sheriff told WBMA-TV the man shot the driver in Midland City on Tuesday after he refused to let the child off the bus.  The driver later died of his wounds. His identity hasn't been released.

Authorities say the shooter took the child to an area behind a nearby church, and police were negotiating with him.

Midland City police would not comment, and a call to the Dale City Sheriff's office was not answered Tuesday.

Rachel David is a spokeswoman for the police department in the nearby town of Dothan. She said authorities from multiple agencies were on the scene late Tuesday but gave no other information.

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