SPRING GARDEN (WTXF) - The lockdown at the Community College of Philadelphia was lifted on Tuesday afternoon after police took a 17-year-old suspect into custody.
Commissioner Ramsey said that the suspect was found at the College of Business and Industry located at 18th and Callowhill in a classroom.
Students at Community College of Philadelphia unleashed a wide range of emotions after being on lockdown for about two hours Tuesday morning.
It all started about 9:30 a.m. when police say they received a call that an individual had a threatened a student with a gun. Philadelphia police officers, detectives and heavily armed SWAT teams descended on the scene.
Students and faculty told to shelter in place while SWAT members went room-to-room looking for the suspect. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says this was personal between the gunman and a student.
According to Ramsey, the confrontation started outside the Bonnell building and when the student threatened to call security, the suspect ran into the building across the street.
At about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, police announced a 17-year old had been taken into custody in a classroom at the College of Business and Industry at 18th and Callowhill. Students were immediately dismissed and classes were canceled for the rest of the day.
Many breathed a sigh of relief that this ended peacefully. Investigators are still searching the school for the gun They believe the teen ditched it when he made a run for it.
The campus is closed for reminder of the day and will resume normal operations on Wednesday.
Police say 17-year-old suspect does not appear to have a criminal record. He hasn't been charged with a crime at this hour.