More on the Doomsday Bunker Hostage Situation

Earlier today I quipped that the man who shot a bus driver, kidnapped a child, and sought refuge inside an underground bunker sounded like a Doomsday Prepper, and it turns out I was more or less correct.

From the Southern Poverty Law Center

The gunman is identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, 65, a Vietnam veteran. On Tuesday afternoon, Dykes allegedly stormed into a school bus in Midland City, Ala., shooting the bus driver four times with a 9 mm pistol before taking a child to an underground bunker behind his home. The bus driver, identified as 66-year-old Charles Poland Jr., later died.

Tim Byrd, chief investigator with the Dale County Sheriff’s Office, told Hatewatch that Dykes had “anti-America” views. “His friends and his neighbors stated that he did not trust the government, that he was a Vietnam vet, and that he had PTSD,” Byrd said. “He was standoffish, didn’t socialize or have any contact with anybody. He was a survivalist type.” [...]

A neighbor of Dykes, who identified himself as Mike Creel, said that Dykes moved on to his property about two years ago and began building an underground bunker, measuring about four by six feet and eight feet deep, right away, according to WSFA-TV. “It’s the craziest thing,” Davis told the Dothan Eagle. “He will be outside in his yard digging at 2:30 in the morning.”

Local police are communicating with the man through a PVC pipe that leads into his underground bunker.

I'm waiting to hear how more guns would have prevented this from happening.

  • IrishGrrrl

    That poor child. I can’t imagine how terrified he/she is and how worried the parents must be. I hope they can talk this guy down.

  • 1933john

    Is Mr. Dykes a member of the NRA?

    • Proto Pat

      He’s the type of person the organization caters to. The NRA attributes violent video games and movies as the problem to the mass shootings, yet the fear-mongering bullshit they spew on a constant basis is something that survivalists like Jimmy Lee Dykes are attracted to. Not to mention they feature Ted Nugent, who has threatened public officials, including President Obama, at their conventions.