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BREAKING: Active hostage situation near University of Alabama

Given the fact that it’s been just days since the shooting attack at Ft. Lauderdale airport, we’re all highly sensitized to anything that involves groups of people and an active shooter. And today we must report another.

As of writing, there’s an active hostage situation at a credit union located on the University of Alabama’s campus.

According to AL.com, the situation began about 8:30 a.m. at Alabama Credit Union at 220 Paul W Bryant Drive and remains active. A campus-wide alert has been sent ordering everyone in the area to stay away.

Tuscaloosa police Lt. Teena Richardson said a gunman entered the building and took the employees inside hostage. “It didn’t come in as a robbery,” Richardson said. “We don’t know what the issue is.”

A SWAT team is on site,  some with guns drawn, and has surrounded the building, according to witnesses. A helicopter is hovering over the scene. Richardson said the Tuscaloosa Police Department, the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the University of Alabama Police Department and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency are working the scene jointly.

Police have not yet spoken with the suspect, but are trying to establish contact with him. It isn’t known how many employees are inside, but the bank was not open when the situation began.

While nothing is known of the perpetrator and his motives thus far, money appears to be the least of them – and that’s perhaps the scariest detail.

UPDATE 12:25 ET: Tuscaloosa police confirm the hostage situation is over. The suspect has been detained and no hostages were injured during the incident. Still waiting to hear about his identity or motive.

[Note; This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]

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