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. tarbelle mohillian

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

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

      Are you kidding me? You are crazy!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. evertom

    Oh, another shooting by armed citizens. Well, at least everybody is wearing their seatbelts and helmets, not smoking, not drinking soda pop, and eating plenty of fiber.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. DustyOnes

    Two wounded in cross-fire is better than 20 in a massacre.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Rino

    Everyday a gun shooting. That we hear of and many that we don't. And the NRA was to allow guns on university campus, but not at gnu show or NRA meetings. NRA are all bunch of lying cowards.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sam

      No gnus is good gnus.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dumb

    Americans, i'm not surprised.

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

      Thank you for stereotyping all Americans by the actions of a few.

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

      Yes I'm not surprised either...Americans and the USA are not the smartest anymore that's for sure.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • J Robinson

      It's not a few. We have a bunch of enabled gun nuts here.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rino

    Where is Wayne lapierre

    January 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Kenny973

    Who got shot this time? Was it tyranny? Did they finally get him?

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

      HAHAHA i know right!!! Somebody needs to get that guy.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    Big deal. A couple of people had a beef with each other.

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

      A beef that would have been settled by a fist fight were it not for the gun loving idiots of Texas.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christian

      Yeah, except that its all of the innocent and uninvolved people who got shot. You may want to take your chances by being armed but maybe not everyone does. Instead of demonizing people who don't want everyone in America to be armed with Guns, why not help pass reasonable compromise bills

      January 22, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jants

    “If more guns would make the USA safe, it should already be the safest country on earth, by far.” However, this is not true. at all! The USA is getting to be the most dangerous place on earth to live in. Your super power in the world is going down hill big time!

    January 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Osama

      I blame the parents....

      January 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hose dee

    This is what happens when you take pray out of school! Nothing ever happen to the kids because they was covered by saying the pledge everyday before school the devil couldn't touch them. Once the people let it pass to take prayer out of school we had the first shooting. What do you think is going to happen to money when they take off in God we trust? It will be no greater cry.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • John

      Oh God. What a dumb comment.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      LOL No way fundie.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, stop.
      One can still pray in school; it is no longer state-sanctioned.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • cdubb1545

      They never took prayer out of schools, they just quit making it mandatory. Please understand, this issue cannot be resolved with prayer. Prayer is an individual's personal commitment to their own religion and often times, has no impact on the actions of people. Priests have led prayers daily and still manage to molest children. There are 2 things in play here: guns, which we can control and people, who we can't.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Majestic

      Since when is the Pledge of Allegiance prayer?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Canadian

    You Americans are so screwed up! Everyone of you think the solution to these problems is more guns. What are you thinking give you're head a shake. More guns more deaths

    January 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sam

      Hey, it's not the whole country. Texas is the butthole of North America.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      Actually not ALL of us think that. But thanks for lumping us sane people in with the crazies here.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • dwl

      Shot out at the OK corral. I'll bet one of the suspects was wearing a white hat and the other was wearing a black hat. Next they will be calling each other out into the street at high noon. This is the kind of stupidity that happens in a society that has no rules over guns.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • UofARoadHogs

      I Concur

      January 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian

      Agreed

      January 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Shocked

    Let me get this straight, there were people at a college library in Texas? What is this world coming to?

    January 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • sam

      They only go for target practice.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2nd Amendment

      tisk tisk

      January 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andi

      I'm sure you think you're clever.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jerry J. Anderson, CCIE 5000

    When you quit reporting it, people will quit doing it.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Darryl

      I'm suing you for making my eyeballs roll right out of their sockets.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Congrats, you have proven that you're dumber than a 2 year old. Just because you pretend something doesn't exist doesn't mean it isn't there.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Maybe Not

    Pay attention to the facts that emerge.

    So far it sounds like someone in conflict, lost their temper and solved it by pulling the trigger. The target responded in kind. AND most importantly, people were injured (or died) who were not part of the conflict.

    THIS is what happens when you give arms to people to 'protect themselves'. Even extremely well trained law enforcement can't fire on a target and necessarily avoid damage or death to those around them.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Darryl

      Exactly.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nicole

    STOP BLAMMING GUNS!!!!!

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