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. Neoflex

    Yesterday, in albuquerque a 15 YO boy killed hi 2, 3, and 9 year old sister. Then killed his mother, and waited for his father to come home, and proceded to kill him. This was all done with a single bolt action rifle. Funny, this wasn't mentioned in the main-stream media, as it just doesnt meet their agenda. The president can limit all the rounds in gun to just 1, as it still comes down to the person holding the gun. Guns dont kill people, but the person behind the gun does. Guns may make just it easier, but crazy is still crazy.

    January 22, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      If "not mentioned by the mainstream media" equals "was on front page of CNN all day" then I suppose you are right.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kylee

      @Darryl, I believe Neoflex is referring to the "single bolt action rifle" not being mentioned, not the shooting itself. I think the point being made was that the gun control measures that Obama has proposed wouldn't have done a thing to prevent that tragedy.

      January 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      The gun info and the shooting were all over the news. Try harder.

      January 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hogan's Goat

      "Funny, this wasn't mentioned in the main-stream media, as it just doesnt meet their agenda. "

      Do you not get the inter-nets out there in Podunk County, Neo? This has been all over the news. If the parents had been equipped with repeating rifles, they could have mowed their son down, etc. but it was probably all a hoax acted out by Screen Guild actors, etc.

      January 23, 2013 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. NonBeliever

    Chicago loves to hide their gun violence. i.e. prime example of gun control not working.

    January 22, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Noah

    Yee-Haw. It's always a shootout here in TX

    January 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • NonBeliever

      Yup! Cowboys wearing Jordans.and buckle-less belts.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dunia

    At the Auraria Campus in Denver (which is a campus that 3 schools share – community college of denver, metro state university and university of colorado denver), there was a "sword" incident in which a man killed an officer with a sword... should we have a sword control as well? This isn't Runescape after all...

    January 22, 2013 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whatevs

      The officers finger was cut. He didn't die. But I think that menacing with a weopon is a crime. A man was robbed at gunpoint for his iPad and iPhone on the lightrail at campus. I bet he would've just run from the guy with the sword, not so much from a crazy with a gun.

      January 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • mgrgurich

      We do have sword control. Most states ban blades longer than a few inches, the exact number varies state to state.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. movarth

    If they would referee duels this may never have happened.

    January 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. The_Truth

    WHAT NO SMOKING AR15 in the story???

    January 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The_Truth

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

    January 22, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Darryl

    Look, the only real solution to this is for the Wyld Stallions to come and teach us all to be excellent to one another.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jon

    Lol, looks like someone in Texas forgot their golden rule. Don't shoot at someone unless you expect to be shot at.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nicole

    STOP BLAMMING GUNS!!!!!!

    January 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Aw, the poor little guns are going to cry.

      January 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    UK banned guns for some, knife attacks went up and other violent crimes.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • mgrgurich

      But deaths went down and gun crime went down

      January 22, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ruben

    Having trouble getting to the n button?

    January 22, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Scottish Mama

    UK had 35 gun deaths, said Piers. But we also have 5-6 times the UK population, so did they really have 175-210?

    January 22, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. BOMBO

    I try to say this every time there is a gun violence story, but so few of you get it. So I'll try again.

    Reducing the eas

    January 22, 2013 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Lousy phone. I'll continue.

      Getting rid of guns won't SOLVE your violent crime problem in the US, but it will reduce both the FREQUENCY and SEVERITY of gun attacks. Thank you. We'll see if anyone gets it this time.

      January 22, 2013 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scottish Mama

    If you think someone can protect themselves you are less likely to pull a gun on someone. thus maybe shooting shooting kids and people in theaters are less. The only reason people do not want them in their establishments is they are afraid they will be robbed.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
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