It is unknown at this time the location of the shooter who is also believed to be responsible for taking the child.
Details are limited at the moment but we have a reporter enroute and will have more as it develops.
UPDATE - 4:00 p.m.
Scanner traffic indicates that the bus driver has been shot four times.
UPDATE - 6:30 p.m.
All Dale County and Ozark City Schools will be closed on Tuesday.
WDHN has learned that the bus driver shot this afternoon has passed away.
Traffic has been shut down in both directions of Highway 231.
WDHN has confirmed that the shooter is 65-year-old Jimmy Lee Dykes. Dykes was scheduled to be in court on Wednesday for a trial related to menacing charges according to court records.
The shooting and hostage situation took place at the intersection of US 231 and Private Road 1539 in Dale County.
Dykes is believed to be in a bunker behind his residence on the Private Road.
Another neighbor told WDHN News that several students were still on the bus during the shooting. Dykes asked the bus driver for children from the bus. The driver refused and was shot.