Normandale Community College, elementary school briefly placed on lockdown


Normandale Community College and Normandale Hills Elementary School were briefly placed on lockdown Wednesday due to an "emergency in the area".

Police told KSTP a suspect fled following a traffic stop in Edina, leading police on a chase into Bloomington Wednesday morning.

The driver eventually pulled over, abandoned the vehicle near the elementary school and fled on foot, officials told WCCO.

The traffic stop happened around 10:40 a.m. because the driver apparently had illegally tinted windows, FOX 9 says. Edina police told KARE 11 the license plate and vehicle description don't match, which likely means the vehicle was stolen.

Officials set up a perimeter in the area and used helicopters and canines to track the suspect.

'Emergency' leads to lockdown

Normandale, located in Bloomington, went into lockdown around 11:10 a.m., the Star Tribune reports.

The community college 

" target="_blank">tweeted just before noon Wednesday saying people should stay where they are, and warned people to "stay away" from campus until further notice.

In an 

" target="_blank">alert to students, the college said there was an "emergency in the area," but it didn't elaborate on what the emergency was. The lockdown was lifted around 12:30 p.m., the school tweeted.

Nearby Normandale Hills Elementary School was also placed on lockdown, which has since been lifted, school officials told BringMeTheNews.

KSTP says Bethany Academy, a Catholic school in the area, was on lockdown briefly as well.

The incident also disrupted some bus service, which has aresumed, SouthWest Transit

" target="_blank">tweeted.

Tweets from the scene

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