Report: Alabama shooting suspect identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, a ‘survivalist,’ Southern Poverty Law Center says
MIDLAND CITY, Alabama — Explosives specialists with federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are on site in southern Alabama where lawmen say a 65-year-old man fatally shot a school bus driver Tuesday and has held a child from the bus hostage overnight in a bunker near his home.
FBI officials, as well as the U.S. Marshal’s Office, are also on the scene assisting local sheriffs and police agencies. According to law enforcement sources, the 6-year-old boy being held hostage is autistic, and also requires medication. That medication was allowed to be delivered to him, authorities said. The suspect reportedly has no ties to the little boy.
Sources tell Al.com the suspect, identified as 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes, is a Vietnam veteran looking to gain attention to “air his grievances.” The Southern Poverty Law Center said today that Dale County Sheriff’s Investigator Tim Byrd told SPLC’s “Hatewatch” that Dykes has “anti-America” views. They described him as a “survivalist” with ties to the antigovernment movement.