6-year-old boy held hostage after crazed gunman shoots & kills bus driver!
An unnamed gunman in Midland City, Alabama boarded a school bus, then shot and killed a bus driver, Charles Albert Poland Jr., before taking one little boy hostage.
According to CNN, the turn of events occurred Tuesday afternoon and continued onto Wednesday morning with police desperately trying to save the boy being held hostage. The suspect had taken the boy into an underground bunker and had police at the scene all night as they tried to release him. How awful!
I can't imagine how scared those other children on the bus must have felt when this man came barging in killing their driver and kidnapping one of their own friends. It's every parents worst nightmare to know that something like this occurred to their child and by a complete crazed stranger no less.
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Police say there was extra pressure to rescue the child since he took medications and had to send them down a pipe into the bunker where the boy was reportedly unharmed. Most of the witnesses also happened to be children and what they had to share of the incident was even more frightening.
A pastor named Michael Senn told WSFA that a few students on the bus said that the shooter kicked them out of the bus before taking one of them hostage and shooting Poland 4 times. A neighbor of the unnamed suspect, Michael Creel, was told by some of the children that the shooter originally intended on withholding two children, but the boy being held hostage had fainted --making him an easy target.
Currently police have the FBI involved in hopes that this will bring closure to this terrifying incident. I can't imagine what must be going through this poor boy's mind right now. Hopefully he remains unharmed, but I don't understand why someone would do something like this to innocent kids. Our thoughts are with the boy's family right now as we hope this ordeal is over safely and as soon as possible.
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