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. Ian

    Well, that was a fun run. Almost one week with no shootings at a school.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The_Truth

    What.. no smoking (AR15) in the story?

    January 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ed Hendricks

    Thanks to the 2nd amendment another life lost?. Keep up the great work you NRA members.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      Did you read the story? 3 wounded! No one died.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gecko

    There were 3 double shootings in the past 3 days here in Little Rock..where's the uprising for this city? Local officials do NOT CARE. And, I can give you one guess whether any of these three shootings involved "gun-nut Republicans" – they didn't. Random and not-so-random violent crimes are so common here, it's so sad, and scary. It sucks to live in fear of going out after dark, even in the "nicer areas". It's the reason why WOMEN such as myself (I say this because I recently took a conceal carry class and it was mostly women, black and white, and all cited this exact reason for taking the class) are arming ourselves in places like Little Rock where our risk of being the victim of a violent crime is 1 in 60 and our crime index is a 1, the worst!

    January 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. creative36

    Obviously we need to ban guns.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • RapidOne

      More guns, more problems. More situations like this playing out. Arm everyone? Please, that's absolutely mor0nic.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gregory Faith

      Without mass media, you may have never known this happened. Welcome to the 21st century and this Isolated situation.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • abtr25

      everyone has had this discussion. banning guns will only take guns from law abiding citizens who will give them up. ban guns and you think the criminals are going to hand them over?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soapy

      WHAT??? IN A GUN FREE ZONE, How DID this happen? Oh my... and it wasn't an ASSAULT RIFLE!!! Gasp. Gee, if only we had the ASSAULT GUN BAN, this wouldn't have happened.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      No, Just ban news so we don't have to hear it. It goes on all the time but now you will hear every fart let by a gun to help push their agenda.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • MC

      So in Texas everybody is armed to the teeth! And when a shooting happens, everybody pulls out a gun! People get shot in crossfire, some may get killed. Is this what the NRA wanted – arming every 18 plus year old human? Who's the good guy, and who's the bad guy? As far as I am concerned, Scrap the Second! Ban guns for ALL!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • susan

      IT's not an isolated situation, shooting happens at least once a month. We are about to numb the death of those who die in the shooting. Now, I add the chance I'll be shot in the cause of my death following by cancer, car/plane accident, terror attacks.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mom with AR15

    I wish I could send my son to school with a gun, and he is only in high school. The good kids like mine should be allowed to carry concealed guns. It would prevent these mass shootings I feel.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • jpzipp

      they were both good kids I bet

      January 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      who knows if your child is a good child? I sure don't.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • RapidOne

      Then your son and another kid can get into a gunfight. Brilliant. So many altercations would end in gunfights. Wild West HERE WE COME–YIPPEEEEE!!!

      Go to target, bump into the wrong guy on accident, end up getting shot in the face. Sure, everyone having guns would have the gunman killed as everyone starts shooting in a wild west gunfight, but it's too late–YOU'RE DEAD. Again, BRILLIANT!!!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Cliff

      I agree.

      Teenagers / young adults can be exceptionally intelligent. They only thing lacking is constant proper training (experience).

      Teenagers were considered an adult up until the last 150 years.

      They should be allowed to carry, providing they are fully trained on when and how to use a firearm.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • skb

      The parents who think their kids are the "good" kids are usually the parents with brats. Your snowflake likely does wrong.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • waterman

      So whenever tempers flare, you can have a shootout instead of the old-fashinoned fistfights. Wouldn't that be great?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBo

      You are 100% correct. I all school kids had guns, this kind of killing would stop. Both boys and girls need to be armed with pistols. But I think we should not allow AK-47 and large clips for elementary school kids.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth

      having everyone armed with guns is not a good idea. what if someone tries to shoot the suspect shooter and hits someone's friend instead. contrary to popular belief, pointing at a target and shooting doesn't always hit your primary target, unless you are super trained. So thus, this might actually result in an all out food fight; except with bullets.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • mwhyt

      Please dear god be trolling. If there are people in this country that actually believe children should be armed in school, the Mayans were right.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      Because with a 30 minute gun training course someone packing a gun will never get angry and make a bad spur of the moment decision that they later regret.

      If only it was that easy for everything.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. waterman

    Only if there were more guns around. Then more people could shoot each other, instead of just these two or three guys, to "protect" themselves of course.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Penny Wright

    1,000,000 Americans have been killed by guns since 1960.....

    January 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      And how many by drunk drivers?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Pottorf

      Counting wars? Counting police shootings? Not sure of your statistics. You can throw out any number, I guess.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Soapy

      2.5 million crimes PER YEAR are prevented by legal gun owners!!!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lynndel Humphreys

    Nothing to see here. Move on. Move on.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jpzipp

    Wooo-Hoo we got the wild west back! and in Texas to boot!

    January 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Armed Family Man

    I have no problem with students carrying concealed gun. It's better than letting them be sitting ducks for some maniac.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • RapidOne

      Go to target, bump into the wrong guy on accident, end up getting shot in the face. Sure, everyone having guns would have the gunman killed as everyone starts shooting in a wild west gunfight, but it's too late–YOU'RE DEAD. Again, BRILLIANT!!!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • skb

      Hey! Guess what! Both of these students were carrying concealed weapons. Now tell me...who was the "good guy" and who was the "bad guy?"

      January 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      The bad guy was the one with the red name over his head, obviously

      January 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Waburn

    Great. People with guns now having a shoot-out in school. Might as well start tearing up roads and putting down wooden sidewalks. We are reverting to the wild-wild-west, thanks to the idiots that believe the NRA is their god.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mark

    Listening to Clint Van Zant, I had to chuckle. Basically he was saying that those that have guns should put them away and instead go about your business. Yeah, right. So, we're suppose to disarm, but those with guns are not listening and they will shoot. Then what. I'm just suppose to lay down and die??? Come on, Clint. There is a thing called "Self DEFENSE".

    You are a former FBI profiler. Are you saying that you don't carry conceled?

    "We want to eliminate guns". Apparently, Clint, you are unaware of the Second Amendment. Weapons are used all the time, *FOR GOOD*. People use them for self-defense, because law enforcement are not always right there. It takes time for LEO's to arrive on scene. By then, the individual can be dead.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • RapidOne

      Where do you think all the guns the 'bad guys' have came from? Yes, LAX GUN LAWS and black market sales by the same people who give money to the gun lobby.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Peter

    Lone Star College Houston campus. My money is that this was gang related. They have had trouble on that campus more than once this year.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The_Truth

    What, no smoking (AR15) in the story?

    January 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
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