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. Jeb

    In one year guns killed:

    17 in Finland
    35 in Australia
    39 in Britain
    194 in Germany
    200 in Canada
    10,000 in the U.S.A

    God Bless America...the country with the most lax gun laws in the industrialized world!

    January 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michael P. Tosto

      Maybe you should look up ALL deaths and then restate your theory. Selective facts, lovely. Also list the violence rate per 100k in each country. UK banned all guns and is the most violent country in Europe!

      January 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jants

      “If more guns would make the USA safe, it should already be the safest country on earth, by far.” It's the worst in the world...get more guns Americans! Have it all out ...like the wild west!

      January 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2nd Amendment

      How about in Switzerland

      January 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • OldSchool

      @Michael – misleading statistic, or 'selective facts' as you would say. Over half of the "violent crimes" included in the UK statistics result in no injury to anyone, they include harassment and carrying a concealed weapon... Not apples to apples.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • FoolKiller

      Jants – Visit Chicago, then tell me how safe almost total gun control has made it there.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sagebrush Shorty

    "I saw two dudes basically get into an altercation and the dude that shot, he basically got angry and started shooting the other guy," said Mobley. "A lot of people heard a lot of shots."
    "Basically, I seen the dude that shot him and as soon as I heard the bullets flying and the gun being fired off, then everyone started running and it was a hint for me to start running as well," Mobley said.
    Anyone who uses "basically" or "dude" more than once a year should be horse -whipped.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wyatt Hill

      Those boys must of got restless after the holiday-

      January 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • GOD of the GUNS

      I think you are basically right dude

      January 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tommy

    Radical Islam and Liberals are no different. Both spews hate and attack people that don't agree with them. Good thing that they are against the Second Amendment. They are too angry to have guns.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      I am liberal and support gun rights. Epic fail post.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • UHhello

      I am a liberal, a gun owner (4 two pistols two rifles) and you sir are an idiot.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThatWasPainful

      So you dislike them because you disagree with them about their disagreeing with you? Classic!!! You made the noose, stuck your head in it and kicked the chair right out from under yourself. I am also a Liberal, former Marine and gun owner. Dont let reality blind you.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    An argument, and gun shots! Two students or more could have had been so easily killed !
    Imagine if they don't have guns in their backpacks, it would have been a lot harder to kill with just fists

    January 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Michael P. Tosto

    HOW ABOUT YOU IDIOTS REPORT ON THE MULTIPLE DAILY STOPPING OF CRIMINALS BY ARMED LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS? OH RIGHT, THAT DOESN'T FIT YOUR AGENDA

    January 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Darryl

      The agenda of not making up things that don't happen.

      And nearly all of those stories that do happen, it was an off-duty policeman or other trained professional. Not a sunday school teacher with a .38 in her purse.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • FoolKiller

      Darryl – That get reported, you mean. An off duty officer would probably be commended... the school teacher would be afraid of being fired.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Matt

    ok cnn ill post this again this is being blown out of proportion..... it wasnt even at the school it was near the school but closer to the beltway.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jed Clampett

      It was at the school between the library and cafeteria. Not near the beltway. You can quit posting it now.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • GOD of the GUNS

      between the library and cafeteria is pretty close to the school... could even be in it
      maybe you were hearing them say that neither gunman had anything in their beltways (belt loops) so their pants were dragging the gound
      pay attention Matt – this could help you if you ever go to school

      January 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. David

    Why did the NRA and its followers got stuck in a pre-1776 era? The second amendment was for a militia-based revolutionary society. Societies have evolved into the 21st century and humans have advanced in intelligence and in the way we live. Why do we need to arm ourselves more, and kill more people? What is (literary) wrong with this CNN (and other news networks) picture under the head line today? Don't you see anything wrong? Do we need more of this or less?

    January 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jants

      Finally...a smart person! “If more guns would make the USA safe, it should already be the safest country on earth, by far.” Which is's no where near ...it's actally the worst in the world.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jants

      Finally...a smart person! “If more guns would make the USA safe, it should already be the safest country on earth, by far.” Which is's no where near ...it's actually the worst in the world.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mike

    So, which of these two gun owners was the responsible one who was totally justified in firing? The gun nuts keep telling us that this is acceptable behavior.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Bubba Ray

    It's a shooting. In Texas. What's to see here? if a day went by in Texas without a shooting, that would be news.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. William

    I'am not going to even say a word since the people in Washington & NRA dont see anything wrong with guns.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Armed Warrior

    I am a patriot, and will NEVER let Obama take my gun rights away. I am part of the citizens militia that may be what saves this country some day. I need my arms, so do my brothers.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • David

      You really need to stop watching Rambo reruns on TBS.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jants

      You should be locked up...You're an idiot! “If more guns would make the USA safe, it should already be the safest country on earth, by far.” which it's nowhere near being!

      January 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • UHhello

      News flash! NOBODY wants to take our guns away. I am a supporter of the second ammendment and I own guns, I enjoy my guns at the range when I can afford ammo. Your fears are unfounded and unreasonable. The fact is people like you scare me MORE than the government and MORE than the Police and they both are dangerous.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • David2

      Wrong brand of "patriotism." Why did the NRA and its followers got stuck in a pre-1776 era? The second amendment was for a militia-based revolutionary society. Societies have evolved into the 21st century and humans have advanced in intelligence and in the way we live. Why do we need to arm ourselves more, and kill more people? What is (literary) wrong with this CNN (and other news networks) picture under the head line today? Don't you see anything wrong? Do we need more of this or less?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      So you joined the National Guard? I thank you for your service, citizen.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bubba Ray

    I don't always shoot at people, but when I do I use a gun.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. MandoZink

    NRA: Guns are a good thing. If you're going to be in an argument, you and everyone around you should be armed just so no one gets shot, and if they do, you can shoot them right away so no one else gets shot.
    Yep, they're a good thing.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Gregory Faith

    It was a beef being settled. Move along..

    January 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • UseyourBrain

      funny

      January 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. UseyourBrain

    If you really want to cut down on gun violence, make handguns inoperable if hey are tilted to the side.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • FoolKiller

      Best of both worlds... funny AND true.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
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