Police in Alabama are negotiating with a gunman who boarded a school bus, shot the driver dead, then fled with a six-year-old child.
The Dale County Sheriff told WBMA-TV that the man shot the driver in Midland City on Tuesday after he refused to let the child off the bus.
The driver, whose identity was not released, later died of his wounds.
Authorities say the gunman took the child to an area behind a nearby church and police were negotiating with him.
Rachel David, a spokeswoman for the police department in the nearby town of Dothan, said authorities from multiple agencies were on the scene.