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Gunman holds 5 year old hostage

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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by Scott Johnson and Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY

Published: 01/31/2013 07:44am

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. — Police, SWAT teams and FBI negotiators kept vigil Wednesday near an underground bunker in rural Alabama where a gunman was holding hostage a 5-year-old boy he had snatched from a school bus Tuesday after killing the driver, authorities and neighbors said.

A law enforcement official who is not authorized to speak to the media identified the man as 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, a retired truck driver and Navy veteran. Neighbors said he was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday to face charges for pointing a gun at residents last month in a dispute over a speed bump.

Dale County Sheriff's Office reports Dykes is connected to the anti-government survivalist movement.

Patricia Smith, who lives across the street from Dykes in the rural community in far southeastern Alabama, said her children had been on the bus about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when the shooting occurred. They told her that two other children had just been dropped off when Dykes stepped onto the bus and grabbed the door so that the driver couldn't close it.
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Aslen
by Ruby Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:14 AM
But we dont need gun control....
This is day 3 of the standoff, with no end in sight.
This is about 15 mimutes away from ft. rucker, where the Army flight school is. We were stationed there 4 years....
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gonecrazi
by Silver Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:16 AM

 This is horrible...

kzuehlk
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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Gun control or not, criminals are still going to own guns


Quoting Aslen:

But we dont need gun control....

This is day 3 of the standoff, with no end in sight.

This is about 15 mimutes away from ft. rucker, where the Army flight school is. We were stationed there 4 years....

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banana-bear
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:17 AM
Are they positive the child is still alive? I hope he's not being tortured or sexually abused :o(
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Aslen
by Ruby Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:19 AM
He is still alive and ok. That much they know


Quoting banana-bear:

Are they positive the child is still alive? I hope he's not being tortured or sexually abused :o(

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banana-bear
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:21 AM
A sliver of relief :o/

Quoting Aslen:

He is still alive and ok. That much they know




Quoting banana-bear:

Are they positive the child is still alive? I hope he's not being tortured or sexually abused :o(

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Aslen
by Ruby Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:27 AM
He wasn't a criminal though. He has mental issues.


Quoting kzuehlk:

Gun control or not, criminals are still going to own guns




Quoting Aslen:

But we dont need gun control....


This is day 3 of the standoff, with no end in sight.


This is about 15 mimutes away from ft. rucker, where the Army flight school is. We were stationed there 4 years....


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MissMandaz
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:31 AM
FFS..

Quoting Aslen:

He wasn't a criminal though. He has mental issues.




Quoting kzuehlk:

Gun control or not, criminals are still going to own guns






Quoting Aslen:

But we dont need gun control....



This is day 3 of the standoff, with no end in sight.



This is about 15 mimutes away from ft. rucker, where the Army flight school is. We were stationed there 4 years....


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JOEJULA
by Bronze Member on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:32 AM

I hope this man lets this poor little boy go.

MissMandaz
by on Jan. 31, 2013 at 9:33 AM
He was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday to face charges for pointing a gun at residents last month in a dispute over a speed bump.

This could have been prevented!
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