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. Nutzzz

    just another day in gun crazy murica

    January 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. V. Vicenty

    That's right give them their 15minutes of fame so another nut can try an up them 1. I hate the news....

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

      Just CNN. We ignore Chicago and the major cities where weapons are illegal and dozens of killings have happened to date (DC). The same irresponsible machine that gets idiots like Obama re-elected. It's time to control the first amendment for the good of everyone and protect our children!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Grantimus

    And what third world dump are you from?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ricwhite

    OK, let's vote on where to put the blame.

    1) Video Games
    2) Access to Guns
    3) Energy Drinks
    4) Bullying
    5) Prescription Meds
    6) All of the Above

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

      Curse you, energy drinks!
      Obviously access to guns.

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

      You forgot "the media" which is really "the liberal media" but the people who spew that crap like to pretend they aren't letting their bias show.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • wonderful world of weapons

      Rednecks with guns, energy drinks and meds

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

      idlots who get guns when they shouldn't thanks to NRA's "sell all guns at any cost to anyone so guns makers make more money, never mind the damage to the country"

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

      Media
      Ignorance
      Parental rearing
      The list goes on!

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

      ...and our ridiculous gun laws and twisted gun-obsessed violent culture.

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

      Video games....0%
      Access to guns.....95%
      Energy drinks....0%
      Bullying......3%
      perscription meds.....2%
      All of the above.....0%
      Just saying.....you asked for it!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alicia

      $1000 for all of the above, Bob.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • someone

      7) One guy stepped on the other guy's new shoes

      January 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noah

      Access to guns

      January 22, 2013 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pray

    PRAY. What else can you do besides that. Complain??? All of you who are against prayer...I'm praying for you!

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

      You just failed the background check.

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

      Your goofy ancient middle eastern fairy tales won't help the situation.

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

      Pray harder. I'm not feeling anything.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. darknesscrown

    Couldn't happen in a more appropriate geographic part of the country. I'm sure they'll execute an innocent black or hispanic over it, too. Just sit back and watch these geniuses work...

    January 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voice of reason

      Nobody deserves to be shot, stabbed or blown up based on where they live... That is so silly to even say.

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

      Ha!, we can end this silliness right now.... "Darknesscrown" already knows that the "black or mexican" is innocent

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

    Thanks for highlighting yet again that we are better than you.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TAK

    Why didn't all those gun-packing Texans prevent this? I'm asking you, NRA.

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

      Maybe they would if they were ALLOWED TO ON THE CAMPUS!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voice of reason

      UMMM I am guessing it's a GUN FREE ZONE!!! DUH!!!! College????

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

      i guarenteeeeee!! the reason this shooting didnt get nearly as bad as the gradeschool shooting because of all the gun packing texans tak!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fastball

    Maybe the NRA should get into the body-bag business. It just seems to be a natural progression.

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

      true!

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

      Maybe you should get into the bad comments jokes business... tss tss

      January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alicia

      Body bags will be compliments of FEMA, once the hijacked government grabs as many guns as they can and then implodes the economy the rest of the way and anarchy starts.

      Coming soon, to a town near you.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Shawn

    On the plus side...at least we will hear the truth about what weapons were used.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Janine

    Masakra, you are as sick as the gunman – America is getting what it deserves????? Very troubling.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Keep it real

    Lets make it easier for crazy people to get guns.. make sure and support your NRA, no need for background checks, no need for responsible laws, just put armed gaurds all around every school and campus... that is all we need.

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

      Read that again, and if you truly believe it, please don't reproduce. Ever.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. terrible

    yup you asked for it! im afraid its going to be even more of a problem now that there is so much pubicity on the subject! everyone wants there minute of fame. terrible!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ttom

    There's only one man who would dare give me the raspberry...

    January 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jimmy Jam

    I love how there's 3000 cops called in for a minor shooting. They don't waste tax money at ALL, do they?

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

      Why have cops at all when we've got plenty of armed citizens who can do the job better?

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

      I know, right?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Still waiting...

      Minor unless it's you huh?

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

      I'm sorry all I heard was WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH

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