Suspected gunman in custody after Philadelphia college locked down
Students at the Community College of Philadelphia were being ordered to shelter in place Tuesday morning as police investigated reports of a person with a gun.
But 6abc.com reported just before noon a 17-year-old suspect was taken into custody inside a classroom at the School of Business and Industry at 18th and Collowhill streets.
The notice to shelter, posted on the school's webpage and distributed through its alert systems, comes after the Federal Bureau of investigation warned schools throughout the Philadelphia- and South Jersey-area colleges of an unspecified threat. And that warning was issued just days after a gunman killed nine people at a community college in Oregon.
A police spokesperson said there has been no report of a shooting or injuries at the Philadelphia school. The threat issued against area schools had specifically cited Monday as well.
Police were asking people to avoid the area Tuesday morning. Tuesday afternoon, the school had closed and was asking members of its community to exit in an orderly fashion.
As of early Tuesday afternoon, police had not yet released the name of the person taken into custody.
6abc.com reports that according to authorities, a male reported that he was threatened by another male with a handgun outside the Bonnell Building in the city's Spring Garden section. The gunman then allegedly ran into the nearby Winnet Student Life Building, according to the report.
It also quotes Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey saying the two men have a history — and that after an argument, one produced a gun.
The gun had not been found as of early Tuesday afternoon.