Shooting at Lone Star College
January 22nd, 2013
06:08 PM ET

3 injured in shooting, fight at Lone Star College in Houston

  • Three people, including a maintenance man who was accidentally shot and two people who were fighting each other, were injured during fight at Lone Star College campus in Houston, Texas, officials say
  • Fourth person also sent to hospital with medical condition, officials say
  • It's not immediately clear whether one or two people fired shots, or how the two "persons of interest" were injured
  • Below are updates as they came to us; full story here. Also, check out CNN affiliates KHOU, KPRC and KTRK

[Updated at 6:08 p.m. ET] "We don’t know exactly if she had a heart attack or a stroke,” Harris County sheriff's spokeswoman Christina Garza says of the female who was hospitalized with an unspecified medical condition.

[Updated at 5:44 p.m. ET] According to officials at a news conference, four people were taken to hospitals three who were injured and one who suffered an unspecified medical condition but the account of who they were differs from information we received earlier.

One person a school maintenance worker was accidentally shot during an altercation between two other people, Harris County sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello said. That man was shot in the leg, is in his mid-50s, and is in stable condition, said Richard Carpenter, chancellor for the Lone Star College system.

The two "persons of interest" suspected of fighting each other also were injured, Tello said. Tello did not say how they were injured.

Tello also said one handgun was involved in the incident. When asked whether only one person was armed, Tello said he didn't know. Earlier, a school spokesman had said two gunmen were involved in the incident.

Also, a fourth person a female who has a student ID was taken to a hospital with some sort of medical condition, Tello said. Earlier, a federal law enforcement source told CNN that someone had suffered a heart attack.

Carpenter said the fight happened in a courtyard area between two buildings. That seems to mesh with what a law enforcement source said earlier about the incident happening in an outside area between a library and a cafeteria.

[Updated at 4:52 p.m. ET] A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation says the shooting appears to have taken place in an outside area between a library and a cafeteria, CNN's Carol Cratty reports.

[Updated at 4:30 p.m. ET] Two suspects are now in custody, CNN affiliates KHOU and KTRK reported. CNN has not yet independently confirmed this information.

Authorities are expected to conduct a news conference at about 5 p.m. ET.

[Updated at 4:03 p.m. ET] Police believe the second suspect fled into woods nearby, a law enforcement source briefed by officers on the scene told CNN.

Authorities are focusing their search on the wooded area, which is adjacent to George Bush Intercontinental Airport, the source said.

[Updated at 3:59 p.m. ET] An unidentified Lone Star College student who says she witnessed some of the shooting told CNN affiliate KHOU that an argument between two people preceded the gunfire.

A gunman, she said, told someone: "I don't want to fight you; I'm not trying to go to jail."

The witness appeared to reference only one gunman; it wasn't clear whether she saw a second gunman. She said he "actually turned away from the situation" at first but eventually pulled a gun out of a backpack. She said she heard about nine shots.

"I think it was a bunch of crap that could've been resolved and never should have gone that far," the witness said.

[Updated at 3:23 p.m. ET] Texas Gov. Rick Perry is being briefed about the situation by law enforcement personnel, Perry spokesman Josh Havens said.

"(Perry's) thoughts and prayers are with those that have been impacted," Havens said. "We have nothing more to add at this point, but the governor will continue to closely monitor the situation."

[Updated at 3:17 p.m. ET] A freshman who was in a nearby classroom, Amanda Vasquez, tells CNN's Brooke Baldwin that she heard about six shots. She says she heard from other people that some shooting happened in a library, but she believes that the gunshots she heard came not from the library, but from the hallway outside her class.

"I was in the academic building, waiting for English class to start. I heard about six shots, and kids started rushing down the hallway. A few came into our class. It really happened so fast," she said.

She said people were shouting, and she hid under a table in a corner of the classroom. She called her mother.

"I called my mom to (let her know) I was OK (and that) I loved her, just in case anything was going to happen," Vasquez said. "... At first she didn’t believe me ... but I kept telling her it's happening and need you to call the cops."

[Updated at 3:06 p.m. ET] Someone a fourth person suffered a heart attack, according to a federal law enforcement source who is receiving reports from the scene, CNN's Carol Cratty reports.

So, recapping what we've been told:

Three people, including a gunman, were wounded in a shooting between two people on the North Harris campus of Lone Star College in Houston, school spokesman Jed Young said.
The second gunman is on the loose but not believed to be on campus, Young said.
A fourth person suffered a heart attack, according to the federal law enforcement source.
The shooting happened at a campus library, the federal law enforcement source says.
No deaths have been reported.

[Updated at 2:54 p.m. ET] Two wounded people have been taken to surgery at Ben Taub Hospital and are in "relatively serious condition," CNN affiliate KTRK reported. They were conscious when they arrived at the hospital, KTRK reported.

[Updated at 2:43 p.m. ET] Three people one suspected shooter and two people caught in a "crossfire" were wounded in a shooting that appears to have been between two people at the Lone Star College campus in Houston, school spokesman Jed Young said.

The wounded suspect is in custody, and the second gunman is on the loose but not believed to be on campus, Young said.

Authorities believe the school is "under control, but the school is still being evacuated," Young said.

Young said he doesn't know the conditions of the wounded. He said the shooting apparently between two gunmen was reported at about 12:31 p.m. CT.

Two apparently unintended targets were shot in a "crossfire," he said.

[Updated at 2:28 p.m. ET] The FBI and ATF have sent agents to assist local authorities, according to Shauna Dunlop with FBI Houston and Franceska Perot with ATF Houston.

[Updated at 2:27 p.m. ET] A witness told CNN affiliate KPRC that she hid underneath her desk while she heard five or six gunshots at Lone Star College.

[Updated at 2:26 p.m. ET] One person has been transported to Houston Northwest Medical Center, according to spokeswoman Ashley Walton.

She would not give any further details about the patient.

[Updated at 2:14 p.m. ET] Students were filing out of what CNN affiliate KHOU reports is the library on campus.

[Updated at 2:10 p.m. ET] Video from CNN affiliate KPRC shows law enforcement personnel herding people from one part of the campus to another.

[Updated at 2:02 p.m. ET] Students at a Lone Star College campus in Houston have been asked to take shelter after reports of a gunman on campus, a school spokesman said.

More than 10,000 students are at the North Harris campus of Lone Star College, spokesman Jed Young said.

[Initial post, 1:50 p.m. ET] A shooting has been reported at a Lone Star College campus in Houston, Texas, CNN affiliates KTRK and KPRC reported.

Footage from KPRC showed a large number of law enforcement personnel on campus, and at least two people being wheeled on gurneys toward ambulances.

This story is developing. We'll post more details as we get them.

soundoff (2,246 Responses)
  1. Scottish Mama

    Nothing wrong with reporting news.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. debra

    HERE WE GO AGAIN.PLEASE JEHOVAH,STEP-IN AND HELP THIS VERY SICK WORLD.I CAN'T STOP CRYING.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Darthlawsuit

      Can we please not put this gunman's name and face up on every new site in the world? I am tired of all these copycats wanting to get their 5 days of fame.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moonshynesdenray

      Who is Jehovah??? Anyways, the 2nd amendment needs to be repealed. It's outdated and causing these deaths. Gun control works!! It's time to wake up America, the gun is NOT your friend and causes more deaths then it prevents..

      January 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • dplandry

      If gun control works why does Chicago have the strictest gun laws and the highest crime rate?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moonshynesdenray

      dplandry: because it's a high gang area and until country-wide gun control is put in place they simply slip across state lines to get guns. Chicago needs to get rid of the thousands of gang bangers and stop letting them out after doing a month in jail. Gun control needs to be an initiative that every state implements for it to actually work.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • observer1959

      @Moonshynesdenray
      Why not Google the name and you'll find out it's the English translation of God's name (Bible).

      January 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. r

    Gosh, can't wait for the next Gun Appreciation Day !

    January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Moonshynesdenray

    Wow, what a shocker!! You mean in a country where guns are on every street corner that there was-gasp-a shooting???? When will the US ever learn? Gun control works!! A repeal of the outdated second amendment is loooong overdue.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • lito

      deport traitors that want to Repeal the 2nd ammendment...those are the traitors....its the sick person that pulls a trigger...Im sure he is on some type of medication

      January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • generalsoreness

      BUT what if british soldiers try to comandeer my house?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • dplandry

      So this gun just up and went and shot someone all by itself?? No one obtained that weapon and commited a crime?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • samnet45

      Do some research on other countries that have stripped guns from people then come back and make a comment.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve-O

      I'll remember you said that when ALL of your freedoms are gone. Once they disarm America, nothing can stop them from taking ALL freedom away.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deac

      Just a sheep in sheep clothing

      January 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Yes....but

    One cannot drive on the freeway as fast as they want or in disregard of others....I suppose to the gunstroker out there, this is just another isolated incident, preferring the generic term of "mental illness" to explain away the pain....sort of like pray the gay away.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lee

      Driving is not a right gun ownership is.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brodik

    Another false flag. These shootings have been very recent and too close together. I don't believe in coincidence and I don't believe ANYTHING that CNN has to say. They are nothing more than an extension of government propaganda. I do not doubt that people died today but you had better bet your bottom dollar that this is a setup.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • quent97

      Actually what it is not is a cover up. Reporting is not the problem, it's the lack of reporting that has been the problem Too many of these shootings stay in the local news, now they are being nationalized which should have been done in the first place so that as a country we can be fully aware of how many of these shooting are really occuring on a regular basis.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moonshynesdenray

      I believe copycat idiots do stuff like this after major tragedies. It's a sick attention seeking act. Gun control is needed, you don't need to be a genius to figure that out.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lito

    deport traitors that want to Repeal the 2nd ammendment...those are the traitors....its the sick person that pulls a trigger...Im sure he is on some type of medication

    January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Name*Arthur

    Funny isn't it a pro gun state now a shooting in that state.i smell something fishy

    January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Sigh...

    Funny how this one gets reported, but the one in Kentucky didn't.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. me

    Ask yourself poster if you would confront someone with a rolled -up magazine or an assault rifle.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. jrm03063

    Since the liberal media finds violence and guns revolting – while conservatives call them a right – why would you think this has anything to do with liberals? Oh right – you're not one.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom Hartman

      "liberal media"....do you have a brain or is this just being spouted out by a Chatty Cathy Doll?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Adam; Atlanta, Georgia, USA

    We need to start focusing more on our own terrorists rather then over seas terrorists.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Ted

    The liberal media is to blame?

    We have a winner for the dumbest statement of the day contest.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jeff S

      And you win the most naive award.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • joice miller

      @TED you are the WINNER

      January 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrm03063

      Don't be so sure – there are conservatives out there who havn't posted yet....

      January 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laquane

      You stole my name. I am Ted. Dangit.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MrsFizzy

    Some inanimate objects could do a lot more damage in the hands of someone who wants to use them than others. And this one has no other purpose but to kill. No problem here??

    January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mike hunt

      the only pupose of a gun is to kill? You realize its also an Olympic sport right? I use mine as a hammer.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • walk

      people target shoot, so yes there is another purpose than to kill.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cdub2k

    9,878 drunk driving fatalities in 2011
    Number of school shooting deaths since 1980.... 297 people

    So exactly what is more important? Our freedom to drink alcohol or own a firearm.
    Let's start Prohibition Part 2... Who's with me?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • tonyh110

      sorry the facts and truth have no place in the gun debate

      January 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
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