Around 11:45am, Richardson said the situation was resolved and the suspect was in custody. Eight hostages that were inside have been released.
BREAKING Hostages okay and free will be reunited with family members on scene pic.twitter.com/3kuA3ZCy43
— Alan Collins (@fox6alancollins) January 10, 2017
A gunman entered the building and took the employees inside hostage, Lieutenant Teena Richardson of the Tuscaloosa PD told AL.com.
Nearby businesses are being evacuated and the area is closed off to the public. The FBI hostage negotiator has yet to establish contact with the gunman, Tuscaloosa PD has said.
All credit union employees are safe, Alabama Credit Union CEO Steve Swofford told WBRC .
— KXXV News Channel 25 (@NewsChannel25) January 10, 2017
Hostage situation at credit union on Bryant Drive in Tuscaloosa. My daughter-in-law works there. She escaped; is safe. Pray 4 others.
— Roger Daniel (@RogerRogerkd) January 10, 2017
Though nothing is known about the gunman, that has not stopped the social media from speculating that Alabama’s loss to Clemson in the national college football championships on Monday might somehow be involved.
-alabama loses national championship
-girl is killed by train
-hostage situation at the bank
rough morning in tuscaloosa
— Aminda Jakob (@amindajoy) January 10, 2017
Alabama loses the national championship and the entire city of Tuscaloosa is collapsing
— Meredith McFillin (@merebear0915) January 10, 2017
Most of the University of Alabama students are not back on campus yet, having gone to Florida for the championship game. The law school is reportedly in session.