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. alex

    forget second amendment. its being abused by messed up people

    January 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fred Garvin

    Where's the good guy with a gun?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jinx88

    YEE-HAW, Earl get the gun, they are having a shoot out at the college. BYOB Bring Your Own Bullets.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hervey

    Woody good to see that some of these people like you understand while others are wishful Jehovah's with there heads up there asses. And if they take our second amendment those anti gun Americans will have a 20% survival rate against criminals

    January 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Butkus

    Hey Name*syd, what is reading your FICTION going to solve? How many of your prayers were answered last year? Be honest. Let me help....0, nada, zilch. It's the PARENTS FAULT. It's ALWAYS THE PARENTS. They have obviously not raised their children correctly weather it be in a christian environment or not. I have NO religious beliefs but I am a good person because my Mamma raised me to be a good person. No arrests, no jail, married 24 years, 3 kids, NO GUNS, NO KNIVES.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. clarity6

    Since it is texas, everyone is just saying...if more people had more guns...how about if LESS people had guns, maybe we would not have all these shootings.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. GOOD GOD

    False Flag attack!! Operation Gladio continues!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. canyoudigit

    Great time to be an American.
    And buy more guns. Seems like you guys love it more than anything else.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chris

    so, seeing this is TEXAS was anybody carrying a gun other than the gunmen? was there any campus security? there were 2 people shot from crossfire, so if there were (get ready for it) MORE people involved with guns don't you think there would have been more crossfire injuries...?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. garc

    Dumbest gun laws of a first world country EVER. Yeah, I get how this could happen. In YEMEN.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Petercha

    Things like this are EXACTLY why we need to bring prayer and the Bible back into our public schools – to give people a moral compass from day 1. And we should also bring insane asylums back to keep the criminally insane off the streets.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Whatever.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenvn

      I would guess that guns owners are more likely to be Christians (and republicans) but it is their kids who are killing others.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2ashallnotbeinfringed

      yeah because prayer changes things ...

      January 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Woody

      There is more violence in the bible than any book I have ever read !

      January 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Butkus

      Hey Petercha, what is reading your FICTION going to solve? How many of your prayers were answered last year? Be honest. Let me help....0, nada, zilch. It's the PARENTS FAULT. It's ALWAYS THE PARENTS. They have obviously not raised their children correctly weather it be in a christian environment or not. I have NO religious beliefs but I am a good person because my Mamma raised me to be a good person. No arrests, no jail, married 24 years, 3 kids, NO GUNS, NO KNIVES.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomnikoly

      Wrong on too many levels even to post here. One does not need god or a book of myth to have a "moral compass". That argument has been debunked many times.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • KJak

      Utterly ridiculous. Prayer will NOT STOP a gunman. PUBLIC schools are not filled with good little Christian boys and girls. Look up the word diversity.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Primewonk

      We aren't a theocracy. These is no more evidence for your god than there is for any of the 10,000 other gods we have invented in the 200,000 years we have been modern humans. If you want to demand people believe in, and worship your god, move.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. adg124

    What? In a "Gun Free Zone"!!!??? Oh wait, criminals/socialopaths already don't follow laws, only law abiding people do! No wonder socialopaths choose those places.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ryan

    I guarantee you the comments are worse on Yahoo

    January 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tony

    @Jim They have to report it. It is news. But there's a difference between posting it as breaking news with updates on the blog for a few thousand to follow, versus sensationalizing it for days and days for millions on TV news networks. Locally the people need to know, one of the guys is on the loose for crying out loud! Do you want them to NOT report that en masse?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. G-ray

    Party on America . Just keep your guns south of the Canadian boarder

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