MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (January 30, 2013)--Neighbors of an Alabama man accused of killing a school bus driver and taking a 6-year-old child hostage in an ongoing standoff say the man was paranoid and combative.
The standoff went through the night and continued Wednesday after the gunman boarded a stopped school bus in the small town of Midland City Tuesday afternoon.
Neighbors identified the man as Jimmy Lee Dykes.
Dale County Sheriff Wally Olsen told WBMA-TV that the man boarded the stopped school bus in the town of Midland City and shot the driver when he refused to let the child off the bus.
The driver later died of his wounds.
His identity wasn't released.
Mike Smith, who lives across the street, said Wednesday that Dykes once threatened to shoot his children when the family's dogs entered his property.
The Smiths said their daughter and son were on the bus and the gunman opened fire after the driver tried to stop him from walking into the aisle to grab two children.
The gunman fled with one of the children.
He’s believed to be holed up in an underground shelter on his property.