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DALE COUNTY, Ala.—A school bus driver is dead and a 6-year-old child is missing after a shooting on a school bus in southeast Alabama.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, a man boarded a bus and demanded the bus driver release a child into his custody.

When the bus driver refused, the suspect shot and killed the driver and grabbed the child.

The alleged shooter and the boy are barricaded inside a nearby storm shelter and are communicating with authorities through a PVC pipe.

Midland City police, SWAT teams and negotiators are outside the bunker.

They have been able to send the child’s medication down the pipe and have learned the boy has not been physically harmed.

However, they are still involved in a standoff situation and residents in the area have been evacuated.

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