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Alabama Standoff Update: Authorities identify victim in school bus shooting; suspect remains in bunker

Scene outside church where hostage drama unfolded Jan. 29, 2013 in Midland City, Ala. after, sheriff says, gunman killed school bus driver and took six-year-old off bus and held him WTVY-TV/CBS

Scene outside church where hostage drama unfolded Jan. 29, 2013 in Midland City, Ala. after, sheriff says, gunman killed school bus driver and took six-year-old off bus and held him
Scene outside church where a shootout unfolded on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013 in Midland City, Ala.
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(CBS/AP) MIDLAND CITY, Ala. - Police have released the name of the school bus driver who was fatally shot by an unidentified gunman before the suspect kidnapped a 6-year-old child passenger and hid himself in an underground shelter Wednesday during an hours-long standoff with police, authorities said.

The Dale County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 66-year-old Charles Poland Jr., who worked for the Dale County Board of Education since 2009. The shooting suspect boarded Poland's bus Tuesday afternoon and shot the driver when he refused to let the child off the bus.

Poland later died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Authorities said the shooter took the child off the bus.

About 50 vehicles from federal, state and local agencies were clustered early Wednesday at the mouth of a dirt road off a U.S. highway near where authorities believe the suspect is hiding in an underground shelter on his property.

"Authorities also confirmed the presence of a child at the scene but are giving no further information at this time," said spokeswoman Rachel David for the police department in the nearby city of Dothan, in a news release late Tuesday.

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