EDUCATION

Hostage situation reported near University of Alabama campus

  • Law enforcement respond to the Alabama Credit Union on reports of a hostage standoff in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.  Lt. Teena Richardson, a Tuscaloosa police spokeswoman, told al.com that a gunman entered the building and took the employees inside hostage.    (Ben Flanagan/AL.com via AP)

    Law enforcement respond to the Alabama Credit Union on reports of a hostage standoff in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Lt. Teena Richardson, a Tuscaloosa police spokeswoman, told al.com that a gunman entered the building and took the employees inside hostage. (Ben Flanagan/AL.com via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Law enforcement respond to the Alabama Credit Union on reports of a hostage standoff in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.  Lt. Teena Richardson, a Tuscaloosa police spokeswoman, told al.com that a gunman entered the building and took the employees inside hostage.    (Ben Flanagan/AL.com via AP)

    Law enforcement respond to the Alabama Credit Union on reports of a hostage standoff in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Lt. Teena Richardson, a Tuscaloosa police spokeswoman, told al.com that a gunman entered the building and took the employees inside hostage. (Ben Flanagan/AL.com via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Law enforcement surround the Alabama Credit Union on reports of a hostage standoff in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.  Lt. Teena Richardson, a Tuscaloosa police spokeswoman, told al.com that a gunman entered the building and took the employees inside hostage.    (Ben Flanagan/AL.com via AP)

    Law enforcement surround the Alabama Credit Union on reports of a hostage standoff in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Lt. Teena Richardson, a Tuscaloosa police spokeswoman, told al.com that a gunman entered the building and took the employees inside hostage. (Ben Flanagan/AL.com via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Police are responding to reports of a hostage standoff near the University of Alabama campus.

Campus officials sent an alert on twitter Tuesday saying police from the university and city received a report of a robbery and hostage situation at an Alabama Credit Union branch.

Officers have closed the area, and video and photos from area media show police in military-style vehicles and tactical gear. A police helicopter is overhead.