Bus shooting suspect described as angry, anti-social
Alabama community 'traumatized' by events
- Duration 5:17
- Date Jan 31, 2013
Alabama community 'traumatized' by events
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I've got Fox News alert on this hostage standoff that goes on an odd in Alabama.
Now in the 43 hour of this we're learning some disturbing new details about this suspect who fatally shot a bus school driver.
A school bus driver and then dragged a five year old he said I want I want to boys he ended up getting off that bus with one boy he is a special needs child.
He's being held in an underground bunker.
-- hour of America's Newsroom as we continue on this breaking news coverage of this story -- Martha MacCallum.
Bill Hemmer good morning -- Martha officials tell us they believe the boy is okay and they have been lowering medicine and coloring books into the bunker three pipe.
But neighbors say they've steered clear of this guy for a long time after he threaten to shoot anyone who trespassed on his property.
I live right across.
My house is is in the line of fire.
We talk a little bit about me getting out he would spend hours.
What not just one but to vote.
Well and yes well and keep it -- he would just -- you got all the trees.
And I think the key and dealing in you know -- I'm thinking candidate hand there's all -- that -- that.
-- -- And it's.
That neighbor -- Rhonda -- joins us live now along with pastor Michael send.
Who is trying to comfort the children who -- on that school bus who witnessed the brutal murder.
Of their school bus driver who took them to school every morning it happened right in front of them.
And then their young friend who was kidnapped good morning to you book I know it's not a good morning where you are and we thank you for being with us his mind.
Rhonda let me start with you good morning pastor.
Ron let me start with you you mentioned that you've already been through a horrific experience with this man he beat your dog with a lead -- Until the dog eventually -- What what kind of legal action was taken against this man for that act.
At that point in time -- -- eight.
I called V dale county.
And animal abuse services staff and I was very very impressed with them.
There investigator was out there talking with him.
With the and 24 hours.
And warning him get this kind of step would not be tolerated.
The most disturbing thing about all of that besides -- Loss of you know beloved.
Four legged friend.
Is -- And then stopped after after he did it he -- my seventeen year old son told him he wanted to speak to my husband.
And he actually he -- to my husband about he was proud of it he thought that this was how wonderful thing that he had done and he reiterated -- He is continual threats dad if any buddy or anything.
On his property.
Bet he would kill them man can I believe that very much because when I would go home from work.
About every other night it would be because I won't work until like 111130.
That I would I would go home he would be patrolling his fence line.
-- the eighth threatening flash -- -- a -- not a limitless.
Across the street from someone like this I can't imagine how tense it must be in in that neighborhood when you're constantly.
Watching this man and now you know he's done something that I would imagine isn't that surprising given given his background.
And what he's done there and and pastor you know I I am just thinking about this five year old child who is holed up in this bunker.
With this individual.
And then about all of those children who watch there.
-- bus driver murdered in front of their eyes and I know you've been talking to the family is how are they doing and what are they saying.
Well everybody in the community families as well it is this still traumatized and shocked that a some like this would take place in our local area peaceful rural area southeast Alabama.
The -- that I got to speak to what I arrived on the scene about 4 o'clock Tuesday.
Was really in shock and a few of them was of course -- a lot worse than others I've spoke to a young.
Thirteen year old boy who was a good -- and Ethan and he was just very much traumatized because -- is really good for him.
Was taken and was really wondering you know about his safety and protection.
Bidding contact not directly but indirectly with some of the family members.
And I've -- to be really having a rough time the -- Pollard family as well that lost.
Lost her husband lost their daddy the bus driver is big and -- well of course but there are other all of -- really in shock still in the whole communities in shock.
-- seven and it was a hero -- he tried to block.
This guy from getting further into the bus and so to get him out of the way he was shot and killed while he was trying to.
Protect those children from this man thank you so much pastor.
Our our thoughts are with your community and certainly with that little child who is in that bunker.
And -- we thank you for sharing your story with -- while.
Many thanks remarkable.