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. Justin

    Dear CNN News, I challenge you to focus on the VICTIMS while reporting on this new shooting and stop focusing on the shooter. STOP giving the gunmen their 15 minutes of fame and lets focus on the victims and their families. Empathy may help this country come together and realize that social changes are needed to stop these tragedies. I'm not just talking about gun laws but about the physical and mental healthcare options available to our citizens.

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

      While I'm all for empathy, seems like people don't want to be empathetic...they want to find "clues" that it's all a government set up to "terk er guns away!!" – I mean, there is a whole group of people who think Newtown was staged and people were paid off.

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

    the way Texas is allowing a caveman style way of life, all its residents will shoot eachother to death till there is no soul lfet!!!!
    Such is the sad way backward mentalitlty in the lone star state
    kikikiki.....

    January 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. trex

    ............Why do I feel.FEENCH....................?....................................LaPierre

    January 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sir steven malchiodi

    You have offended my torso Off-line bbl...

    January 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Scottish Mama

    Sounds like a shootout at the ok corral in texas.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Danimal

    Guns don't kill people, people with guns kill people. So lets keep guns away from people. The second amendment stated the citizens needed guns for the militia, to fight off enemies. ( Britian of course) Now we have armed forces AND the national guard. I think that pretty much covers the militia thing.

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

      The militia is the natural defense of a free country against sudden foreign invasions, domestic insurrections, and domestic usurpation of power by rulers” -Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story (appointed by President Madison in 1811)

      January 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. repeal the 2nd amendment!

    Here we go again.....

    January 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • 00tact

      Why not repeal them all while we're at it.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nunuv

    Aren't guns banned on campuses?

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

      gang related. this wont be news pretty soon. "any white people dead?" no... ok pack it up, were going home.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Yeah, that was great.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kip Oliver

      Pretty sure Texas is proud of letting people carry guns on campus. In fact, they were bragging about it during the Newton shooting – our teachers can carry guns to school.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jim

    They need to stop putting stories like these on the news because every Crazed, Demented, Deranged, Lunatic, Paranoid, Psychopathic person out there having a bad day thinks this is now the norm...

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

      Seriously ? The answer is to not talk about it and pretend this isn't happening?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      So....this should not be news because it will cause more people to do this? What kind of sense does that make?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kip Oliver

      It's becoming the norm, Jim.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdoe

      Sure, news networks should stop reporting news.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Jim, quit picking on the mentally ill (NRA leadership).

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

      so the news should stop reporting the news?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Weirdoes on the loose!

      Probably another weird looking demented kid….like the kid from CT shooting.

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

      I know right? There was this earthquake in the news and I heard a day later this mentally deranged guy started an earthquake too.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Indeed they should stop putting it on the news. It popularizes violence exactly and gives too many people too wrong of ideas, you know...

      January 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. J.T.

    Yet another tragedy the NRA will seek to capitalize on with a renewed cry for more guns. Insanity has come to America and taken root.

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

      You mean like obama capitalized on the dead children in CT?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erin

      I suspect they'll ignore it as it doesn't suit the agenda. Seems that having open carry laws and more guns in this case didn't prevent a shooting from occurring.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth

      yes and conspiracy theorist will say the guns are like cars in transformers. they are mind controlling people to use them to shoot people.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane

      I think the media and the liberals have used these tragedies to push thru their agenda before the blood is dry.

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

      That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. The NRA has nothing to do with dumb people shooting each other for no reason any more than the WWE has to do with 2 people getting into a bar fight.

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

      You really have no idea what you're talking about, the overwhelming majority of LEGAL gun owners are good people. Maybe if we spent more time trying to fight illegal gun trafficing, inner city crime, and take better care of the f'ed up kids instead of just loading them with anti-depressants that make them suicidal.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Liz

    once again another gun loving right wing state has a shoot out...how many more of these need to happpen before people realize there's nothing wrong with regulating and controlling the ownership of guns. I do think we should have the right to own A gun to protect our home or go hunting with but the amount of and type of guns people are getting a hold of is just riduculous.

    Adding more guns only means more deaths either on purpose or accident. Stop the Madness!

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

      if you want to stop the madness then shut your mouth. You are clueless. We are number one in the world by far in gun ownership, but 28th in the world in gun violence. Gun crime is down 49% the last 20 years and violent crime is down 21% overall. The media can take a couple shootings and turn it into an epidemic. Your rage is unjustified and illogical, the facts say so. Quit being manipulated by the TV and media.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Margaret Grey

      You mean "another" right-wing gun-loving state like Colorado? Connecticut? Oh wait, both of those happened in "gun-free" zones. How about "strictest gun control laws in the nation" Chicago, 500+ murders per year! Stop the stupidity!

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

      Connecticut isnt a gun loving state it has some of the strictest gun control laws in america.

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

      Yeah, just like that right-wing state of Connecticut. (sandy hook). Colorado (Aurora and Columbine). California (and day in L.A.)... get over yourself and your delusions.

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

      Just FYI, Connecticut, the location of the Sandy Hook shooting, is FAR from a gun loving state. In fact, CT is one of the most stringent states when it comes to gun control. This happens everywhere regardless of gun laws or severity of them. Crazy people are going to be crazy. Period

      January 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • K Mack

      FBI crime statistics show that since 1990, while guns in America have INCREASED by the millions, MILLIONS, gun deaths, violent crime and murder rates have dropped steadily to HALF the rate of the nineties and before. Our own Government data proves that more guns DOES NOT equal more gun violence. That does not mean that more guns equal less. There are lots of factors. But one undeniable fact is that more guns, by the 100's of milions, has NOT lead to any increase, in fact the opposite has occured. I'm not staking a position for or against, just posting honest facts that media ignores. The data is readily available for anyone to search. Just google gun violence and fbi statistics. It is there in black and white.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. organically

    America – More guns per capita than any other country, and more gun injuries and deaths than any other country. What are gun owners so afraid of?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mayberry No More

      Check your statistics bub.. your statement is completely incorrect and you are providing false information based upon what source?
      Exactly

      January 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristin

      Sadly, each other :(

      January 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • progun and proud of it

      Apart from Switzerland that is.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • susan

      His statement is completely correct, I also read more than one article about it. I think you are the one to need to check the studies.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • This

      LIAR!!! US is number one in gun ownership by far, but 28th in the world in gun crime! Morons! Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico have BY FAR more gun crime per capita than the US. The US gun crime rate is actually very low per 100,000 people.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs.T

      In my experience the legal owners of guns are not affraid. We are well trained most certifed in concealed carry and I personally have never felt safer!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. NonBeliever

    Witness said shooter is a black male. Greenspoint Area in Houston AKA Notorious Gunspoint Houston. Do the arithmetic..

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

      white boys need some serious help and above all they need JESUS. what did their mother teach them . stop blaming black males for all evil and look at your own sick culture. repent and pray for all

      January 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Shawn

    Even if the government were to ban and confiscate every type, caliber, color or shape of gun....there will still be gun violence on the streets. True, the # of 15-18 year olds killing their families or classmates may dip. But do you really think that the gang violence (which is where 95- 99% of gun fatalities come from) will stop? Or are you ok with "those" people killing each other??
    I guess as long as it doesn't affect you directly, it's ok...that is the Liberal way of thinking after all??

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

      Please stop with the liberal label on everything. I'm as conservative as they come but still believe that some gun control is necessary.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Can't tell if that was sarcasm but that is the exact opposite of the liberal way of thinking... by definition liberal thinking wants the government to act in the interest of more than just themselves (i.e. they advocate a LIBERAL use of government services).

      January 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. woloh

    "1791!! 1791!!! 1791!!! I have the right to bear my musket so you don't steal my sheep!! Also to defend my home against the tyranny of the British Army!!!"

    +1Woodrow. So true!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
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