Police are responding to a reported hostage situation at the Alabama Credit Union on Paul Bryant Drive. The police are referring to it as an “emergency situation” on the University of Alabama campus.
The University of Alabama issued an official alert around 8:30 A.M., saying local law enforcement and UA Police are at a robbery/hostage situation at the Alabama Credit Union, located at 220 E. Paul W. Bryant Drive. According to reports from NBC, an armed man entered the credit union and took hostages before it opened this morning. At this time, it is unknown how many people are being held hostage or the exact nature of the suspect’s motives.
According to Tuscaloosa police Lt. Teena Richardson, a gunman entered the building and took the employees inside hostage. “It didn’t come in as a robbery. We don’t know what the issue is,” Richarson said.
The FBI confirmed that hostage negotiators and the SWAT team are on the scene. Paul Bryant Drive is currently closed.
The hostage situation comes just hours after Alabama fell to Clemson in the College Football National Championship, 35-31.
Where Is The Alabama Credit Union?
The Alabama Credit Union is located at 220 E. Paul W. Bryant Driveand is right next to the UA Law School.
Photos from the scene at the Alabama Credit Union
This post will be updated as new information becomes available.