The Community College of Philadelphia was on lockdown today (Oct. 6) after reports that a gunman was seen on campus around 10 a.m.
Authorities told Action News in Philly that a male student reported he was threatened by a male with a gun during a “personal dispute” while near the school’s Winnet Student Life Building, and the campus was put on lockdown. The suspect, who was taken into police custody around noon, is a former student at the school. A suspect was taken into custody, and no shots were fired and no injuries were reported.
Suspect has been taken into custody. Area around at @CCPedu will slowly reopen as search for additional evidence continues…
— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) October 6, 2015
Exit campus in a calm, orderly fashion. Normal class schedules and business operations resume Wednesday. Updates at http://t.co/Dy5dMutjHv.
— CC of Philadelphia (@CCPedu) October 6, 2015
Philly area colleges and universities were advised by the FBI and ATF to take precautions of a possible attack, after a warning was posted on the messaging website, 4chan on Sunday night (Oct. 5). However, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey believes that the gunman’s motives had nothing to do with the online threat, the New York Daily News reports.
Nearby the campus, Julia R. Masterman School and the Colonnade Condos is on lockdown, while St. Joseph’s Prep is placed on lock-in, meaning no one can enter the building.
This news comes after a deadly shooting took place at Umpqua Community College in Oregon last week, where a 26-year-old student fatally shot nine people and injured nine others before turning the gun on himself.