Police responding to hostage situation near University of Alabama campus

Posted at 10:17 AM, Jan 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-10 11:17:44-05

Police are responding to a hostage situation near the University of Alabama campus, according to

The University of Alabama sent out a series of tweets about the incident:



Lt. Teena Richardson told that a gunman entered the Alabama Credit Union on Bryant Drive and took employees inside hostage.

"It didn't come as a robbery," Richardson said. "We don't know what the issue is."

There are reports of SWAT members on the scene, along with the Tuscaloosa Police Department, Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office and the University of Alabama Police Department. 

The campus is not closed at this time and students do not return to campus for the spring semester until Wednesday, according to