Campus officials sent an alert Tuesday on Twitter saying police from the university and city received a report of a robbery and hostage situation at an Alabama Credit Union branch.
Local law enforcement and UAPD have responded to a robbery/hostage situation at the Alabama Credit Union located at 220 Bryant Dr. (1 of 2)— The Univ. of Alabama (@UofAlabama) January 10, 2017
Bryant Drive is closed in the area, and we asking everyone to avoid the area. (2 of 2)— The Univ. of Alabama (@UofAlabama) January 10, 2017
The bank is located across the street from the UA law school.
Lt. Teena Richardson, a Tuscaloosa police spokeswoman, told al.com that a gunman entered the building and took the employees inside hostage.
However, she said it wasn't initially reported as a robbery.
News photos and video show multiple officers around the scene and a roadblock on Bryant Drive, a main campus thoroughfare.
Officers have closed the area, and video and photos show police in military-style vehicles and tactical gear. A police helicopter is overhead.
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