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. Nunuv

    See that? More guns, so NO ONE KILLED.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JW

      Just heart attacks and wounded innocent bystanders.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. eooe

    stupid crap – i'm tired of hearing about it.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Matt

    Don't listen to the media about all this they are blowing it waaayyy out of proportion it wasn't a school shooting it was a shooting that happened that happened to be near the school it was more toward the beltway next to it.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • JW

      Well, that makes it all right then.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DasBoot

    Just more proof that everyone should be packing

    January 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Texan9922

    I live in Houston and carry, legally. I'll take my chances here instead of a "gun free zone" like Chicago where only the criminals have guns.... last I saw Chicago was averaging a 1.6 shootings per day. Looks like the liberal gun policy they have there is doing a great job

    January 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve

      Gun free zones should have security. Let the military patrol colleges maybe.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nunuv

    Attacker and victim both armed – NO ONE KILLED. Let people carry so they can defend themselves.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mom with AR 15

      I totally agree. Let the students and teachers carry guns.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      How many times are you going to repost the same dumb thing?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cream of someyoungguy

    That's right CNN keep reporting on anything that has to do with gun violence. Forget about all the other acts of violence without guns that occur daily.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Former Texas

      Most of which is: a) not deadly and b) not large scale. Ever read any research on the topic? Get your head out of the sand.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • J Robinson

      What tiny warp of reality do you occupy? Guns are a disease in this county. And, by the way, its my country.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Carlotta

    Oh yes, let's all carry guns so that we can avoid this situation next time.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • matt

      Probably the smartest thing you have said all year!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jants

      “If more guns would make the USA safe, it should already be the safest country on earth, by far.” Which of course it's not ...it's the worst country in the world now!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AK 47 Owner

    Arm teachers, secure the campuses. Let some students carry concealed handguns also. We need more good guys with guns at schools.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jants

      Another very uneducated comment...“If more guns would make the USA safe, it should already be the safest country on earth, by far.” But it's not anywhere near being safe!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. De Odorizer

    Even if there was the mythical 'good guy' on campus, it was still a shooting on school / college grounds.
    AND innocent bystanders were hurt. Multiply this by 10 when all the "good law abiding armed" teachers, librarians and janitors pull their guns and frantically start shooting from all angles.
    Imagine the crossfire, sad to picture all the innocent students and staff getting shot.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Nunuv

    Attacker and victim both armed – NO ONE KILLED. Let people carry so they can defend themselves.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jants

      Yes...what a great idea...lets all carry guns and shot each other like the wild west. You already have the most guns in your country and like that is helping you now??? Grab a brain

      January 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brian

    "Pretty sure Christianity also teaches not to kill." ...

    Yea, right. That's what the Reverend Jimmy Swaggart said – right after he gave a screaming, falling down on the floor sermon on the evils of er ladies of the evening.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. child of midian

    Holy **** do I have to say it, but, seriously. Here we go with everyone being armed, get mad, pull gun, shoot innocent people while missing target, go to jail.

    Yep, the NRA is soooooooooo right here.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Former Texas

    And this is what people mean when they say "Guns kill people". But wait, the good guys are supposed to sort this all out. Don't limit guns! Don't limit the types of guns! Just have more of them and no one will be killed!

    When will it become obvious that we should not have guns on campuses? I am literally praying for the deceased, but also the nutjobs who are against gun control. May they wake up!

    January 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. ScottCA

    If there were some NRA law abiding citizens there with a conceal permit there would have been a lot more deadly crossfire. Imagine how many would have gotten killed then. And this is what they want happening all over the country? In our schools, in our malls, in our homes. It is time to out grow the need for guns.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jants

      Finally...someone who is smart. Thank you! You're country needs to realize that “If more guns would make the USA safe, it should already be the safest country on earth, by far.” and as you can see it is the most unsafe country in the world

      January 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
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