CCP student charged after gun incident

A student pulled a gun on another during an argument Wednesday at Community College of Philadelphia, prompting a massive police response and the evacuation of two buildings while officers searched for him, authorities said.

Police later determined that the student, identified as Ryan Fitch, 23, of the 9500 block of State Road, had left the Franklintown campus. Fitch turned himself in to police and was charged Wednesday night with carrying a weapon on school property, making terroristic threats, simple assault, and reckless endangerment.

Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross said Fitch "got into an altercation with another student. He allegedly shows a handgun and says 'I'll shoot you' or something to that effect, then he leaves the classroom."

Police emphasized from the start that it was not an active-shooter situation, while the school advised students to shelter in place.

Nearby Julia R. Masterman and Benjamin Franklin High Schools were locked down as a precaution.

Ninth District and SWAT team officers responded to the school about 12:30 p.m. after the report came in and evacuated two school buildings at 17th and Spring Garden Streets - the Mint and the Allied Health & Sciences building - during the search for the armed student.

After the threat was lifted, the college closed for the day.


Inquirer staff writer Robert Moran contributed to this article.