Suspect in custody after reports of gunman on Philadelphia campus

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 06, 2015 11:32 AM

By Katie Reilly

(Reuters) - A suspect is in custody after reports of a person with a weapon put the Community College of Philadelphia on lockdown on Tuesday morning, police said.

No shots were fired and there were no reports of any injuries, said Tanya Little, a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Police Department.

Police made a sweep of all campus buildings as they continued to search for a gun while the entire campus remained under lockdown.

The FBI had warned colleges and universities on Sunday about a recent social media post threatening violence on Monday at a Philadelphia college or university.

The FBI said other parts of the country faced similar social media threats after the mass shooting that left 10 people dead at a community college in Oregon on Thursday.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told reporters that Tuesday's incident didn’t seem to be related to Monday’s threat or to the Oregon shooting.

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The incident appeared to be a disagreement between two people, Ramsey said, adding that a student was threatened and made a complaint.

The Community College of Philadelphia, the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia, has about 15,000 full-time students.

(Reporting by Katie Reilly; Editing by Bill Trott and David Alexander)