Student shows gun at CCP

Posted: May 30, 2014

A STUDENT brought a gun to Community College of Philadelphia yesterday, leading to a shutdown of the main campus and lockdowns at two nearby schools, police said.

No one was hurt, and it was not considered an active-shooter situation, said Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman.

Police arrested Ryan Fitch, 23, of Torresdale, who later was charged with terroristic threats, simple assault, reckless endangerment and related offenses. A police source said that Fitch had a permit to carry a gun.

Stanford gave this account:

Just before noon, police received a call about a person with a gun at the college, and college security officers told them of "some type of disturbance."

The man showed a gun and made "somewhat of a threat" toward another student during an argument. CCP prohibits anyone from having a gun on campus. The argument, apparently over a woman, took place in a chemistry lab in the West Building at 17th and Spring Garden streets.

The student left the building and contacted his parents. But because police were not aware he had left, a SWAT team evacuated the building.

CCP's main campus was closed because of the evacuation and was to reopen today, according to notices posted on several campus buildings.

Two nearby schools, Benjamin Franklin High School and Julia R. Masterman School, were placed on lockdown, authorities said.

- Staff writers Vinny Vella and

Morgan Zalot contributed

to this report.

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