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. Matt

    Oh, sorry, I wasn't paying attention...another school shooting? Oh, and this time in one of those places where everybody is armed. Why didn't one of the armed people stop this? Oh that's right, because stopping a shooting is not as simple or as easy as the pro-gun nuts would have you believe. We are not all Wyatt Earp, and this is not the OK Corral.

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

      one armed guy shot back at other armed guy so only injuries not 20 people dead

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

      School zones are still gun-free or did you forget that minor detail?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keel Hauler

      Why would everyone be armed at a college?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert Gertz

      "only injuries"? "one guy shot back at another"? I hope you mean to be ironic.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • thetruthseeker711

      Matt, you idiot. Guns are not allowd on campus in Texas. The gunman fled after being fired upon. Proving, yet again, that liberals are complete ignorant twits.

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

      No one fired back because colleges and universities are still gun free zones in Texas.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • postgradmeals

      Hey "neil".. a gunshot wound is just like skinning your knee... right?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smart Matt

      The school is a no gun zone, so how would someone be able to shoot back at the suspect if all of the law abiding students didn't bring a gun to school.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • dr

      this is a gun free zone get your facts straight.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Richard Jones

    Hey Truth, you mean that this might have been a bunch of obamas doin' this shootin' ?? We got wat too many obamas here in Texas !

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

    What happens in Texas should stay in Texas!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daniela

    I
    HATE
    GUNS

    January 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sput

    ken|work is a fairy with no guns, no religion........

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

      You are a fairly, and believe in a fairy tale written by a false prophet two thousand years ago. Now who is stupid?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrNeedtoKnow

      Marijuana is a bliss to keep you ignorant and in a fairy land.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ShawnDH

    You are making a fool of yourself.

    1,000 people have been killed with guns since Newtown and you are desperately pretending like there is no probelm with our gun laws. It's insane, and so are you.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. R.Rodriguez

    We'll see if this is sensationalizing by how long they stretch this story out. I'm guessing we'll hear about this for at least the rest of the week, when before it was said and done same day. "The nine most terrifying words in the English language, I'm from the government and I'm here to help" Ronald Reagan

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

      You have that wrong. Normally, a Liberal government is the one that will help you to become a slave to the system by expanding welfare benefits.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. The Exterminator

    And the saga continues!! More B rated movie actors and actresses putting on the ritz for the elites.. I wish they read these forums so they knew how much their BS has become obvious now!

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

    Good grief, "" Every News Channel Talking Heads "" saying, I don't know, well maybe, I cannot confirm that, then they ask questions at the scene the same thing, they say I don't know.
    News Agencies shut the Hell up ! "" Wait Until You Get The Facts "" and then report it.
    Quit F ing with peoples emotions "" To Get Ratings "" Stop It Now !!
    "" Quit Sensationalizing "" this kind of shift, only thing you are doing making copycats do the same thing.
    What I am saying, "" News Agencies you are getting blood on your hands "" News Agencies STOP sensationalizing shootings.
    ""All United States church clergy need to start speaking on this News Abuse"" !!

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

      "News abuse"? What, you mean they shouldn't mention it cause it endangers someone's toys? What the clergy need to speak out on is the rampant gun violence and the need to ban these weapons.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. db

    Texas allows guns to be carried on campus so how did this happen if more guns on campus was the answer?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • thetruthseeker711

      it was stopped before more people were killed, you moron.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      How do you know Texas allows guns on a college campus.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tribbs

      Guns aren't allowed on campus in Texas. Texas A&M was shut down not too long ago because of a report of a gun on campus, which turned out to be a kid in ROTC...

      Rick Perry wants to change that, so he say. He thinks kids should be able to carry guns on campus. It will be interesting to hear what people say to that, seeing as how now we have a bona fide shootout to contend with. One in which innocent people were shot. I can't imagine Soccer Moms would be cool with their kids goign to school where actual SHOOTOUTS are occurring.

      I can't believe this is our lives now. I used to go to that school...

      January 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Well, how did that right-to-carry law work out here? Got to have something to enforce those pesky library fines for overdue books. BTW, take your caps off next time, YOU LOOK LIKE A FOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PO'd

    – No deaths have been reported.

    So, why the LIVE blog....

    January 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Unca Stumpy

    Which person in this news item do you know, for a fact, to be a liberal?

    I don't get the connection at all. Lead projectiles are pretty apolitical. The laws of physics don't care how you vote.

    And how is this a bad thing in your eyes, anyway? People got SHOT. That's what you like, isn't it? What you want more of, right?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Darryl

    The gun free zone just means its legal for a policeman to stop and arrest someone with a gun, should they spot one. Nobody expects it to actually stop someone from bringing a gun into said premises if there is no one around to enforce it.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ShawnDH

    Nearly 1,000 people have been killed with guns since Newtown and you and our gun nut friends are desperately ranting and pretending like there is no problem with our gun laws. It's insane, and it's not working.

    Common sense gun control. NOW. The American people demand it.

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

      What exactly should we do? Please describe what you would do, since you believe in banning guns... explain yourself.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Banning guns from law abiding citizens is NOT solving the problem.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
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