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. Red Dog

    CNN continues to bring you up-to-the-minute news whenever firearm violence happens anywhere in America in the hope that they can influence public opinion so that guns will be forever banned.

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

      They aren't making it up.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keel Hauler

      It's true. The agenda becomes more obvious by the minute...

      January 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • ezgoer89

      Yes, much better to ignore multiple murders (maybe if we shut our eyes it will all go away).

      January 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • nomad2003

      yes CNN promotes their liberal agenda. This happens so much in Chicago, it is not even news. But that would reflect badly on Obama, IL, and Chicago since they are liberal governments with the strongest gun laws.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • WakeUpPlze

      And why shouldnt they? That is what they get paid for! Its about time they report on the things that are important, and not what isnt.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Someothername

    Another "GunFREEzone" FAIL ... Bigger signs are needed. maybe another law.

    Texas Legislature let these be "Defense Free Kill Zones" One man's "GunFreeZone" is another man's shooting range"

    January 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keel Hauler

      (like)

      January 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geezppl

      (LIKE) x2

      January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      It was not a gun free zone. It's Texas, home of the largest concealed gun owning population in the country.

      People with guns kill people. People without guns have a harder time killing people.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • WakeUpPlze

      LOL. Foolish statement by "Someothername". You are part of the problem not the solution.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jessica

    Oh just another school shooting, sounds like a normal day in America. No big deal.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrison

      all this happened because, american stopped believing in Jesus Christ ...

      January 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geezppl

      @Chrison- Alot of people stopped believing that fairy tale when Priest (gods teachers and messengers) started doing the unthinkable to little boys.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ProCon

    It sickens me to my stomach everytime I read stupid post "guns don't kill people, people kill people". Can a gun pull the trigger on its own? Use common sense people!!!!!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southerner01

      You say the phrase sickens you, yet your next sentence supports it. No, a gun cannot pull its own trigger. Hence, guns don't kill people, people kill people.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shawn

      You sir, are a moron...and should not be allowed to vote.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hockeydad

      It takes both in order to get shot with a gun. You cannot do one without the other. Yes you can kill other ways but we are specifically talking about a gun here. Again, you cannot do one without the other. Also, I can run from a knife or rock, cant run from a gun.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tychi

    It takes a person with a gun to stop a person with a gun. The only winners in this scenario are the gun makers.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bilderberg Bob

      I'm told a car is as dangerous as a gun so I think they can stop guns too

      January 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geezppl

      Sad but true... I shouldnt have to carry a gun in my back pocket every where I go, but sadly mthats the kind of world we live in. Better off with one than w/o. Criminals/terrorists arent going any where.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sridhar

    Given the propaganda and illegitimate support to own arms beyond our needs by the NRA and GOP/TP combined with our limited understanding and ignorance to judiciously and sensibly interpret the second amendment is the underlying cause of this madness.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geezppl

      Really dude? So criminals have absolutely no blame in this madness either huh? They get off scott free and we just blame the guns and the citizens who dont cause any problems. Talk about madness... psh

      January 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ThomasT

    The media keeps glorifying these mass shootings and we end up with every psychopath trying to copy cat. The media needs to be held accountable.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voice of reason

      Totally agree w/ you on that! The media should stop airing this stuff. We will all here about it eventually.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Name*judge

    Where's Disqus?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red Dog

      SHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! I haven't been allowed to comment for the last month because Discus banned me! Don't go and spoil it!!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Voice of reason

    IF it's not guns it will be bombs or knives. Crazy people are always around all the time.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      I'd personally rather be attacked with a knife than a gun, but that's just me.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Courtney

    Hm we can actually see stretchers and students exiting the school. Obviously this one wasn't government run like Sandy Hook.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheRealBMac

      Exactly what I was thinking...

      January 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • WakeUpPlze

      One of the most ridiculous and insensitive comments I have heard yet. If you love guns so much...go to Afghanistan and/or Syria. They could use a concerned citizen like yourself to help them out. Round them up cowboy or should I saw cowgirl?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    Soooooooo take the guns from law abiding so we can throw a knife? at the unlawful.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave Jaipersaud

    Here we go AGAIN. The Republican & NRA answer will be to give everyone a gun or let everyone carry a gun wherever they go. Oh yes, lets arm everyone and I am sure gun violence will end. If you believe that, you are an idiot. It like saying if you want everyone to stop smoking, give everyone a cigarette or if you want people to stop drinking then give everyone alcohol. How stupid is that?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheRealBMac

      Yes, those are STUPID examples...

      January 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • WakeUpPlze

      @TheRealBMac – perfectly sound examples. Only an irrational person thinks otherwise. But, we wont go there.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TSB8C

    Another "gun free zone" in a state where many staff and faculty have carry permits but must leave their guns in the car.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • WakeUpPlze

      You people are hilarious in a sad way. So lets have a shoot out in the hallway and the spray of bullets in the effort to kill the shooter in turn injuries another 10 people? Sweet! Lets arm everyone. We will kill each other off and mother earth will go back to the days before global warming. I just cant believe there are that many ignorant people in this country. Amazed everyday!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Beth

    Another coward with a gun proving that guns don't kill people: it's gunowners who kill people.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • tekstep1

      If gun owners are killing people, lets stop them from owning guns.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • wonderful world of weapons

      Yes paranoid gun owners who could just go to a store and get a gun

      January 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      Not that tired old line again ...

      January 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • marinesentinel

      Get educated. Guns don't kill people, criminals do.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chrison

      you are wrong, gun kills people.. killed many..

      January 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yep

      pretty sure it was the gun and the bullets that killed the people

      January 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • dman

      The problem with the second ammendment is that it doesn not contain an intelligence clause. If you look at the majority of the mass shootings over the last 20 years, they were carried out with guns that were purchased legally by owners who were too stupid to understand how the safeguard the guns so that they didn't fall into the wrong hands.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Seriously, Beth. Seriously?!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shelly

      I am so sick of hearing "Guns dont kill people, people kill people." Guns must be operated by a person to kill someone. Therefore, some people with guns kills people. Period.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Wonder if the guy is a responsible gun owner or not – what a moronic argument. Any one is a law abiding citizen until he or she commits a crime. A gun owner is a responsible owner until he or she uses that gun irresponsibly. We need to do a better job to prevent or reduce the possibility anyone to use a gun to kill and commit a crime.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. LightWriter

    Again? What has happen to this generation?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • lonesomeyogurt

      It has nothing to do with this generation, it has to to do with the previous generation's insistence on gun proliferation and mental health program funding cuts.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Young

      The previous generations have shown us how little they really care about one another, and the youth are demonstrating how they were raised. Every man, woman, and child for themselves!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr Gore

      more and more americans know they have no future in their country and that god who's supposed to protect them, in fact doesn't exist.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian Grunewald

      What is happening to this Generation? How bout what has happened to America? This isnt generational this is almost cultural now....

      January 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68