Police: NE man shows gun in CCP class

Ry­an M. Fitch

A Tor­res­dale man caused the lock­down of Com­munity Col­lege of Phil­adelphia and two nearby high schools after he al­legedly bran­dished a hand­gun in­side a CCP classroom dur­ing an ar­gu­ment with an­oth­er stu­dent, po­lice claim.

Of­ficers from the 8th Po­lice Dis­trict ar­res­ted Ry­an M. Fitch, 23, on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon at his home on the 9500 block of State Road. Just be­fore noon that day, Fitch be­came in­volved in an ar­gu­ment with an­oth­er man in­side a CCP classroom at 1700 Spring Garden St., po­lice said. That’s when he al­legedly flashed a gun in “a threat­en­ing man­ner” to­ward the oth­er man.

The ar­gu­ment in­volved a wo­man, who also was in the classroom at the time, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice source. Fitch, who left the school be­fore po­lice ar­rived, re­portedly had a li­cense to carry a gun, but guns are pro­hib­ited on the CCP cam­pus.

He was not car­ry­ing the gun when of­ficers caught up with him, the po­lice source said. Of­ficers later re­covered the weapon, though.

In the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of the in­cid­ent, mem­bers of the po­lice de­part­ment’s SWAT Unit evac­u­ated hun­dreds of stu­dents and staff from the col­lege build­ing, al­though it was nev­er con­sidered an “act­ive shoot­er” situ­ation. No in­jur­ies were re­por­ted. The Phil­adelphia School Dis­trict’s Ben Frank­lin and Ju­lia R. Mas­ter­man high schools re­portedly were placed on tem­por­ary lock­down as au­thor­it­ies sor­ted out the scare.

Fitch was ar­raigned Thursday on charges of bring­ing a weapon to school, ter­ror­ist­ic threats, simple as­sault and reck­less en­dan­ger­ment. He pos­ted 10 per­cent of $250,000 bail that day and was re­leased pending a June 13 pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing. ••

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