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An Army trainee fled a training base and hijacked a school bus full of children while armed with a rifle, police in South Carolina said on Thursday.
The trainee had escaped Fort Jackson, the US Army’s main Basic Combat Training center, in Columbia, South Carolina.
Police told WISTV that the trainee, who has not been publicly identified, has been arrested and will be charged with multiple counts of kidnapping.
WIS reporter Adam Mintzer said on Twitter that the trainee left the base in his full physical training uniform at 7 a.m. and got on a school bus while kids were boarding.
Mintzer reported the trainee stopped the bus after the children asked if he was going to hurt him.
He eventually got off the bus and left a rifle on board, according to Mintzer.
Fort Jackson officials said on Twitter that they was aware of the incident and were working with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
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