Ryan Fitch. Credit: PPD
A Northeast Philly student and legal gun-owner will likely face jail time on charges of pulling out a handgun during a class, just days after the massacre at UC Santa Barbara.
Police released the mugshot today of the man allegedly responsible for sparking an active-shooter scare Wednesday at Community College of Philadelphia that resulted in SWAT teams descending on the school and evacuating the buildings.
Ryan M. Fitch, 23, of Northeast Philadelphia, was arraigned Thursday on charges of terroristic threats, possession of an instrument of crime, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, the D.A.'s office said.
Fitch reportedly had a permit to carry the handgun, but guns are prohibited from the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) campus at 17th Street and Spring Garden.
Fitch is accused of threateningly showing a handgun to another student, with whom he was involved in a verbal disagreement over a female student, just before noon on Wednesday.
Afterwards, Fitch reportedly left the school and went to his home, where he was arrested.
School security contacted police, and SWAT officers evacuated the school and conducted a room-by-room search, as is required in any report of an active shooter.
Fitch is being held on $250,000 bail.
He is scheduled to appear in court June 13.