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Normandale Community College, elementary school briefly placed on lockdown

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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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