Praying and talking were the tactics and hope was the strategy as
a standoff continued for a third day between a gunman who kidnapped a 5-year-old boy and walled them both off in an underground shelter in rural Alabama.
“They’re still talking,” Robin Litchfield, a spokeswoman for the
Alabama Department of Public Safety, told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. “Negotiators are negotiating and the boy is OK.”
State, local and federal officials have been very tight-lipped
about the situation, which began on Tuesday when the gunman killed a school bus driver and snatched one of the children from the vehicle. There are heavily armed SWAT teams at the scene, but officials have made it clear they intend to wait out the man and to keep talking.