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. Angela

    @Anderson Cooper

    I went to Newtown Florist to assist them with floral design during the tragedies in December 2012 and I am still sick over it.

    This shooting, less than 30 minutes from my home, may be between two individuals but I am Sick and Tired Of This since the 80's when I became aware of the "drive by" gang related shootings.
    As a florist, I know that the Texas Department of Agriculture has the right to check any individual or flower shop with an Agricultural License to make certain that they are operating within the guidelines according to their particular "class" of license.

    Why can't this be done with responsible gun owners as well? Spot check and make sure everything is as it should be? I know some gun owners and they would Never use or store their weapons irresponsibly.

    Thank you for your time.
    *Angela

    January 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sam

    The NRA says if all the students had been armed, there could have been a massive shoot out. This is what the NRA promotes. More guns less murders and shooting. Do you get it folks

    January 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skip Jones

      You don't get it. Clearly.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow

      Stop. Why don't we just ban minorities. Ship em out.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      JUst another person that has zero idea of what the NRA supports and doesn't.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PeopleKillPeople

    So, will the conspiracy nutjobs jump all over this one like they are doing with the recent Newton tragedy, claiming that this either never happened and was actors, or that it was a government hit to promote gun laws?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bf

    How's that concealed carry on campus working out for you, Texas?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smitty

      I'm still here. YEEEEEHAW!!! *POW* *POW* *POW*

      January 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      What carry on campus law are you speaking of? Please educate us.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow

      You are assuming these two are legally carrying. Not likely.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PeteAtomic

    As others are saying– this is what happens with an armed population. More wild west nonsense.

    I think we need one big all-national 'shoot 'em up day' Just everything shoot everybody else for one day. That would solve the problem, because all Americans would be dead. That's the solution. No more Americans.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ted Johnson

    This is an example of more guns in school.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. White Earp

    Let's finish with the Cowboys, Are you with me Doc?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ShawnDH

    Are you gun nuts really AGAINST the idea that mentally ill criminals should not be able to buy military style assault weapons with no background check? Hello.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. natnatnat

    Gang Bangers. Just watch.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bribarian

    Obama False Flags are going to keep happening until they disarm you.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BoThome

    People since the ban expired we average 12,000 gun murders a year, of which 75% of them are directly related to gang violence.

    That averages out to 1000 people a month murdered by guns. The only difference is, CNN is anti-gun, so they are digging up as many stories as they can to put fear into you.

    FYI – from 1994 to 2004 (you know, the last gun ban on "assault rifles and high capacity magazines") we averaged 19,000 gun murders a year! Yep, more guns with higher capacity magazines did equate to ~7000 less gun murders each year.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Qman

    This stuff happens every day. EVERY DAY!

    And has been for YEARS! ........... I just find it so curious that the media now premiers all the stories of the shootings that happen across the nation.

    To me, I think it is a terrible thing that anything like this happens... But it feels like the Media is trying to change our mind that we need to be controlled by showing us something we already know to make us feel guilty.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AustinTexas787

    The Texas Legislature is now in session (only 141 days long, every TWO years) and pro-gun lobbies and many Legislators are advocating allowing all college campuses to be open to guns carried by anyone. So let's just pass that bill and let all the stressed-out students bring guns onto campus, and the ones who fear them, bring their own guns to defend themselves, and let them shoot it out. No – here's a better one: let's just let the Legislators shoot it out up at the State Capital and the side with the most survivors wins. I am a social worker, have a legal Concealed Handgun License, and still think it's dangerous to allow young folks who haven't reached a mature level of development in the judgment part of their brains, stressed out by college adjustment issues and heavy workloads, carry guns to class. Rick Perry should be ashamed of himself for advocating for college kids carry guns.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Qman

      I agree... It's a completely rediculous idea...

      I don't know why they completely trucked pass the idea of just having an armed officer on campus instead.

      But i guess they'd rather give the sheep guns in an attempt to prove it to us that we don't need it. .. -_-

      January 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • sean

      FALSE... This person is lying. NO ONE has EVER advocated for 18 year olds fresh out of college to be allowed to carry a firearm onto a college campus. The bill does NOT advocate the ability for anyone to carry guns on college campuses. It would allow concealed carry license holders the ability to carry on college campuses. You have to be 21 years of age to have a concealed carry license and you have to pass both a criminal and mental background search, not to mention pass a written exam and a shooting exam. You could be behind in your taxes and you wouldn't qualify for a CHL. On top of it all, it would only apply to state run schools...

      January 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • sean

      *correction* 18 year old fresh out of high school.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tom

    Clearly god does not listen to prayer.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Miri

      Amen to that!

      I'm sure god couldn't answer prayers there today because he was too busy giving AIDS to kids in Africa. Amazing to me that every time something like this happens, the religious sheep bleat on about how it's the lack of god in our lives that causes all the world's problems. Someone gets shot and lives? Thank god for saving them. 20 kids die in a kindergarten class? Thank god the rest of the kids in the school weren't harmed. Someone dies of cancer at age 30? I guess god was just calling them home.

      Wake up people, there clearly is no god. If there is, he/she is obviously the most inept supreme being in the universe. Stop putting your faith in some imaginary sky wizard just because a bunch of plagiarized stories written 2000 years ago by some guys with vivid imaginations tell you to. You want to thank someone? Thank a surgeon, or a policeman, or a fireman, or a scientist.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Darthlawsuit

    -Three people, including one gunman, were wounded in shooting between two people at Lone Star College campus in Houston, Texas, school spokesman says
    -Second gunman is on the loose, but not believed to be on campus, school spokesman says
    -No deaths reported so far

    Hum...? Gunmen involved in a shootout with someone. So that means the gunmen were having a gun battle with an armed person. One of the gunmen were injured and the other fled as a result of that gun battle. A massacre did not occur as a result of people resisting the gunmen. Well it sounds like guns do prevent school shootings :D

    January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      It was two gunmen shooting at each other and they injured two other people in the crossfire, dope.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
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