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. nomad2003

    please go take care of problems in your country....

    January 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Matt

    Oh its gang related, somehow that makes it ok.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rich

      Matt it is OK to most because inner city shootings are non-important to most people. Only suburbanites deserve our sympathy and call for change. Pretty sad huh?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Does anyone have a coin we can flip to decide who the bigger tool is? Matt, or Rich?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • arturo

      I say its sam since a tool is something common and thinks in common ways. Hence your such a tool

      January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      People who use 'hence' to prove their points are ironically unaware of how ironic they are.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blufftoni

      Of course gang related murders are ok, it's kind of like when we use one disease to cure another. Have at it, just stop doing it in schools. Can we do it in arenas and sell tickets? Kind of like survivor?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nicole Scofield

    blamming GUNS for the shootings taking place is like blamming a car for drunk drivers.. REALLY PEOPLE!?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob

      Yes but there are good reasons to own a car. Guns? Um... no.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • R.U. Kidding

      When you get shot it automatically means a gun is involved. Not hard to understand.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nutzzz

      Cars are made for transport, guns are made to kill. So, yes, really.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • arturo

      a car is not designed to kill someone. A gun is...comparing someone killing someone with a gun and someone killing someone else with a car is like comparing...

      Well you already did the stupid analogy...

      January 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • really?

      blamming?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • aaa

      Cars have other nonviolent purposes. Guns are for killing living creatures. Semi- and full automatic weapons are meant for killing lots of living beings in a short amount of time.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lars Tinderholt

      Crazy Americans. Have fun with your guns!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShawnDH

      So I'm glad you agree guns should be at least as regulated as cars and driving.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Manes

      Cars aren't made specifically to kill others. Guns are. Your analogy is flawed.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big zippo

      You just don't have a clue what gun control is about

      January 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      Not really. Drunk drivers aren't intentionally killing people with their car.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Blamming? No one was talking about explosives...

      Stay in school, Nichole.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Logic

      Hey idiot, cars are used for transportation, guns only purpose are to kill.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • JayJ7

      And we all know how much we need our guns to get to work in the morning and go shopping. I can't imagine why we put up with everyone owning cars.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • NonBeliever

      Are you humans designed to kill? Not really right? Oh wait probably?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      In countries that have gun control these mass shootings don't happen. Get your head out of the sand. In the US it happens once a week now. Guns should not be easily accessible.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Cars are made for transportation, Guns are made to KILL.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • gun blammer

      Sure Nicole, let's regulate guns at least as much as we do cars. That's a great start.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sensible Gun owner

      Really? Cars get into accidents....Shootings are not accidents.....but if you want to continue the "moronic" equivalency, then let's regulate guns like cars. i.e. registers gun owners, renew licence every year and pay a fee, require insurance to own a gun, register new address when moving, if you sell your gun you have to have a form and a bill of sale with both parties involved.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      One is a transportation device, the other is a machine made to kill living things.

      Drunk driving has had loads of laws passed since the 70's, and drunk driving incidents have gone down by 2/3 thanks to the strict laws that were passed to help prevent them. Gun laws have only been weakened and revoked in recent decades... hence why our gun deaths have only been going up.

      Please. Please, wake up people.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blake

      Bet he would have had a harder time getting a car into the classroom (if was in a classroom) than using a gun. Face up to the reality ... guns make killing much more efficient. THAT is the issue, NS.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kurt B

      Cars are created to transport people from point A to point B, while guns are created for only one purpose–to kill people. Blaming it on guns DOES make sense. Really.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • skuv

      But if a car isn't designed to kill people, then why do cars kill and injure so many more people than guns?

      Maybe they should do something about that.

      If guns are designed to kill people, they are doing a terrible job at it, considering the nearly 350 million guns in the US. There should be millions of shootings per year if all they do is kill people.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • mocking intercessor

      When the blamming starts next time you're out, Nicole, don't run and hide, make sure and stand up nice and straight. Because guns are not a problem.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      But I need my Chevy to take care of the varmit problem in my back yard. I totally saw a mole once and my Chevy is well suited to that very specific task.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Darryl just won the whole thread

      January 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      That is a horrible analogy. First of, drunk driving is punished by going to prison and policies are adopted to avoid this. Policies such as alcohol not being sold after 12 and so forth. That;s how we prevent it. The way we preven these type of shootings is by being more arbitrary on who we allow to have guns. The simple fact that anyone argues this is beyond me. Mentally stable law abidin citizens are the ones who should be able to own a gun. Owning a gun should be a privilige, not a right.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Burns topee

      Mark, Last time i checked there was laws that said murder is illegal.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blufftoni

      There is no reason to own a car. You can walk. Your argument is silly.

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

      We don't need to blame anything or anyone, we just need to change.

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

      I drove my Bushmaster AR-15 to the levy but the levy was dry, singing this will be the day that I die.....

      Yeah, I kind of like it better with Chevy. BAN ALL GUNS!

      Wait what are we rambling about again?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blufftoni

      "Really? Cars get into accidents....Shootings are not accidents.....but if you want to continue the "moronic" equivalency, then let's regulate guns like cars. i.e. registers gun owners, renew licence every year and pay a fee, require insurance to own a gun, register new address when moving, if you sell your gun you have to have a form and a bill of sale with both parties involved."

      Oh, you mean like we already do? Whew, that's a relief, we can enforce existing laws already? You're a wizard Harry, and a thumpin good one!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Michael Bacolas

    It works one of two ways- Either everyone gets guns (govt and the people) or nobody gets guns (govt and the people). IF you push to have it to where only govt has guns than you are only empowering those in power and preventing the people from being able to fight back if ever a need should arise. And to think that need will never happen just look at hitler, stalin, Mao, Pol pot, Mubarek, Ghudaffi, King George, etc. We will never have a utopian society so we may as well have the tools to defend against evil while it still exists. This gun problem isnt all about guns, its about the wrong people getting o ahold of guns. Lets try to focus on getting guns out of the wrong hands and start keeping them in the hands of free law abiding mentally stable citizens.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Darryl

      Hahahahaha. As if the goverment would somehow have extra power if The People didn't have their "varmit guns" while the military has tactical nukes. Yeah, my shotgun totally puts me on equal footing with the gubmint. puhleeze.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jasonelle

      Oh ignorance is bliss. I'm sure in this day and age in America the government is going to "control" you just because AK's are banned. I feel genuinely sorry for you Michael if you truly believe in your statement.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • FreedomEagle

      Fight back against the government? In the U.S.? Are you crazy?

      People are already banned from having fighters, tanks, bombs, missiles, drones, subs, carriers, bombers. What kinda fight do you think it would be?

      There is NO reason to have assault rifles. There is plenty reason to rewrite the ridiculous rules on gun retailers, and registration. Sure it may not end all the violence, but its a [positive step.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Really??? You honestly think that civilians with small arms...of any sort...can successfully defend against the greatest military power the world has ever seen? Have fun trying to take down a drone with your AR-15.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • mocking intercessor

      Don't get too hysterical, now. Have a glass of water and unrustle your jimmies.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wearing_Blinders

      Hey, let's focus on the weapons used, rather than any meaningful and lasting solution. When the assault weapons are gone and this continues with shot guns as the weapon of choice, we'll ban those too. We'll just keep doing that until we're disarmed as a nation and we can smile up at our oppressors (whomever they might be) when they step on our necks and spit in our faces.
      Clearly, the weapons are to blame and the NRA is complicit!! – the problem is NOT our society, NOT our failing mental health system and NOT one that could be solved without unseating the 2nd amendment.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blufftoni

      The government is supposed to be afraid of the people, not the other way around. You people scare the hell out of me. Please go away.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BrotherMan

    Probably a gang banger. This community college is in a bad area of Houston.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      And this make a difference how?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • arturo

      Actually no...the place this college is located in is nice compared to the bad areas of houston. I live in a bad area of houston...

      Also if it was a gang banger what difference does it make? It was someone killing someone..

      January 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • tay

      no it isn't. it is in a rural part of houston- a suburb. it is far away from the poorer inner city. i live in the same area.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Houston has nice areas??

      January 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SOMFOM

    There go those darn guns again...

    January 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. aghosh311

    Self fulling proficiency of the NRA – need more guns at our school and college

    January 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • 2Bad

      Hey Keel!, Great use of grammar.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Bacolas

      If this were a gun free zone than there would of been no good guys with guns. Do away with gun free zones and these tragedies wont happen. Why dont mass killings happen in areas where guns are allowed? Ill let you fill in the blank ;-)

      January 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blufftoni

      It's the government, maaaaannnn. One of the most outspoken critics is from Texas, and now a school shooting in Texas.

      It's a conspiracy maaaaannnn.

      Now where did I put my tin foil hat.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. stephanie

    how dare you come here and say that no innocent person deserves to one day out of the blue get shot american or not! you dont like america then stay off the sites and keep your comments to yourself

    January 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Blufftoni

      No.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Constantine17642489;)

    Have you noticed this has been the fifth shooting at a school since New Town? I can only pray no one gets hurt

    January 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. wonderful world of weapons

    Some people are just willing to accept several deaths a year as long as they can shoot some cans in the backyard...as for me, these are the people who should never have access to guns

    January 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Cody

      Background checks are required for all legally purchased firearms, sadly they get sold illegally so new laws wouldnt affect that and the sad fact still remains our own government sells guns to the bad guys to try and make cases against them

      January 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sidb1980

      No, the point is you want to ban a specific type of weapon when they only cause like 3-4% of deaths. Handguns, hammers, bats kill more people, but not on ban list. You are unwilling to face the truth that we have a much greater issue than a specific gun. many rifles not on the to be banned list do exactly what the AR-15 can do and are much more powerful. Deal with the root cause of our anger don't try to fix it by removing one type of weapon.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • anon

      Why not? We tolerate thousands more deaths from cars every year so we can all play NASCAR or otherwise do anything else but drive on our highways and surface streets. Seems about right.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mostly Harmless

      @ wonderful world : Cans? Seriously? over 200 MILLION people killed by their governments in the 20th century, but you think Americans want guns to shoot CANS? Please learn a little more about the world you live in.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tommy

      Yup, just like some will sacrifice a few thousand deaths due to drunk driving just so they can still have their favorite beverage. It's not about the object, it's about personal responsibility.
      Drunks, criminals, and the socially inept really don't pay attention to personal responsibility, and really don't care about the laws that govern the rest of us.
      You should be able to see that.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kel

    You need Help

    January 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Erik

    It seems like the more media attention murderers get the more copycats their are. You feel minimalized, disaffected, disgruntled? Go shoot some people and you'll get everyone's attention – you'll be relevant. Don't worry, you won't be blamed, you're a victim too – a heinous, crazy, evil victim. After you've gone down in history for you ignoble deed, we'll blame whatever implement you used in the process.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Liverbird

      So now you're going to blame the media for this Erik? Wow! Very creative. Maybe we should blame you because when you blame the media, they will defend themselves and so the story carries on, and more copycats will arise?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim P

      Correct. Why so many copycats, one right after another? The guns have not suddenly gotten out of control, it seems to be out of control people that see an oportunity to become "fameous" in their own minds.

      It will be interesting to see just what the background of this shooter is (gang-banger, mental problems, sore looser?)

      January 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • durshane

      Sounds like you need to be reported with your comments hope police or fbi is viewing the websites you sound like a scary person

      January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ShawnDH

    Yay! More NRA-style "freedom" for America.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Blufftoni

      I didn't know NRA was a fashion line. Where do they sell? Do they do shows?

      I want in. I need some new underwear.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Keel Hauler

    And right now, he's getting just what he probably wants: immediate national attention.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Nano

    Illuminate maybe they no

    January 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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