Northridge area schools in Alabama have been placed on lockdown as police search for a man believed to be armed with a gun.
Police received reports that a white male suspect in the area of Northridge High School was armed with a handgun around 10:20 a.m. local time. Verner Elementary school and Northridge middle school have also been placed on lockdown.
Both the Tuscaloosa Police Department and Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office are on the scene to search for the suspect.
The Tuscaloosa Police Department released the following statement:
“Around 10:20 am, the Tuscaloosa Police Department was made aware of a white male suspect in the area of Northridge High School that was armed with a handgun. Tuscaloosa Police Officers and Tuscaloosa County Deputies are in the area searching for the suspect.”
Police said that all three Northridge schools will remain on lockdown “until the situation has been resolved.”
At least six or seven police squad cars were spotted on the scene. At this time, there is no description of the suspect other than that he is a white male. Additionally, there are no reports of any injuries.
Photos & Videos from Northridge High School
— Keith Dobbins (@BKeithDobbins) January 22, 2019
Schools on Northridge Road are on lockdown as police search for supposed man in the woods with gun. pic.twitter.com/ipRPcZQ7xp
— Maddi (Shaw)Williams (@MWilliamsNews) January 22, 2019
Police are looking for a man seen walking with a gun near the woods across from Northridge High School: pic.twitter.com/tuVJvuWm9M
— Stephanie Taylor (@TNews_Steph) January 22, 2019
Lockdown continues at Northridge HS pic.twitter.com/oB7Osq4KcV
— ABC 33/40 News (@abc3340) January 22, 2019
The reports of a lockdown at the Northridge area schools is the is just the latest in a string of lockdowns, bomb threats, and active shootings that have plagued the United States.
That is all the information available at this time. This article will be updated with new and relevant information should it become available.