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Apparent gunman at Community College of Philadelphia: Person of interest in custody

Updated: 11:45 a.m.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner told reporters today that an argument between two men at the Community College of Philadelphia led to one flashing a gun and the campus being put on lockdown. A person of interest was reported to be in custody at about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Reports started coming in before 11 a.m. Tuesday morning that a gunman was seen on the campus of Community College of Philadelphia in the Spring Garden area of the city. The school is on lockdown, as officials institute a room-by-room search of campus.

What we know so far

  • No injuries or shootings had been reported as of 11:15 a.m. Tuesday. Only reports of a gunman on campus have come in.
  • 6ABC reported a man told authorities he was threatened by a man with a gun on campus on Tuesday morning.
  • Channel 6 described the armed man as about 5-foot-4 inches tall and wearing a blue vest, a red hoodie and gray sweatpants.
  • At about 11:25 a.m., Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told network TV reporters on scene that the two men have a history and there was an argument between them — one of the men allegedly produced a gun. Ramsey added that the first call about the dispute came in at about 9:30 a.m.
  • Police reported at about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday that a person of interest was in custody, but police are still searching for the firearm used in the incident. Ramsey told reporters on scene that the person of interest is 17 years old.
  • SWAT teams and police from across the city are descending on the Spring Garden area community college, and reports of Homeland Security officials in town rushing to the scene came in at about 11 a.m.
  • The report comes just days after the FBI and the ATF warned of a comment made on the website 4chan that threatened violence against a “Philadelphia area” college.
  • A reporter from CBS3 said at about 11:20 a.m. that officials said SWAT teams had cleared one building in question on the school’s campus and were then looking to search other buildings and adjoining areas.
  • NBC10 reported nearby schools Masterman High School and St. Joe’s Prep were also on lockdown.

Here’s the information that’s coming in via Twitter:

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