Pastor: Kids 'traumatized' by Ala. bus shooting

January 30, 2013 - 3:31 PM
School Bus Driver Shot

Law enforcement personnel work at check point Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in Midland City, Ala., near the home where the Tuesday's school bus shooting suspect is barricaded in a bunker with a young child as hostage. Police, SWAT teams and negotiators were at a rural property where a man was believed to be holed up in a homemade bunker Wednesday after fatally shooting the driver of a school bus and fleeing with a 6-year-old child passenger, authorities said. (AP Photo/The Dothan Eagle, Jay Hare)

MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (AP) — The pastor of a nearby church helped comfort children who were on a rural Alabama school bus when a gunman killed the driver and took a 6-year-old boy.

Pastor Michael Senn said Wednesday, a day after the shooting, that the kids were "pretty shocked, traumatized."

He says "they saw everything that happened. They saw the man shoot the driver."

Authorities now believe the man is holed up in an underground shelter in a standoff.

Multiple neighbors have said suspect was paranoid and combative.

Senn says children on the street had been warned to stay away from him. He says "they'd go fishing and walk by his place and he'd try to talk to them."