Northridge High School, Northridge Middle School and Verner Elementary School in Tuscaloosa were all placed on lockdown Tuesday morning after officers with the Tuscaloosa Police Department received reports of a man in the area armed with a handgun.

Department Spokeswoman Lt. Teena Richardson said TPD was made aware of a white male carrying a handgun near the school around 10:20 a.m. Tuesday.

"In an effort to protect the students, facility and staff, all three schools in the Northridge area has been placed on lockdown until this situation has been resolved," Richardson said.

UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: Police no longer believe there is a threat to any of the schools, but have asked for the public's help identifying the man who caused the lockdown.

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