The gunman stormed into the school bus Tuesday afternoon and demanded that the driver hand him a child.
The driver, 66-year-old Charles Poland Jr., was a gentle Bible-reading man who could not stand to discipline the children on his bus because it hurt his heart, the Dothan Eagle newspaper reported.
When he refused the demand, police said, the gunman shot him several times as 22 horrified children scrambled for cover.
But the man was able to grab the boy and drag him to his underground bunker.
And the standoff began.
Jimmy Lee Dykes, the 65-year-old man who reportedly took the boy hostage, is said to be a survivalist with anti-government views. He reportedly spent months building the tunnel on his property and was due in court over a property dispute earlier in the week. (WTF dude?)