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. jay

    Americans Gone Wild

    January 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. PO'd

    Yet another reason I am not thrilled about going to college....

    January 22, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Boo

    Here we go again......

    January 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshex

      don't you think it's odd how we have the mass shooting of 20 innocent kids and before the media even knows a crime has gone on the democrats are already rallying for guncontrol over an issue they can't even realistically know happened yet?

      then only a few days later a gun fight? mind you the gun fight took place at a moment when the democrats seemed to be failing to push a guncontrol policy because it was just too unpopular for the rest of the government to agree to.

      I must say with a certainty if more gun violence continues to escalate like this during the guncontrol issue in politics, there can only be one conclusion drawn; the democrats are putting thier lackies upto these crimes for the sake of pushing thier legislation.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      I was there right above it, heard everything. If I had a gun I would of went downstairs and checked on the sit. But I was defenseless and ran for my life

      January 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Hope to God its not a massacre.
    Guns don't kill people, we should each have more.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • incognitoast

      Yes, more guns. Thats definitely the answer.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suzanne

      Its not a massacre cause half those kids on campus have a gun in theiir trucls and would get the shooter berfore the cops could ger there.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada

      @ Suzanne, lol!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      yeah its not a massacre cuz neither had an AR15 to cherry pick each student trying to get to their truck rack across campass....

      January 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • someone

      Not a massacre. This seems to be two hoods trying to kill each other.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fred

    weekly school shootings seem to be the norm now.....

    January 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MISS C

    OMG!!!! NOT AGAIN!!!!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tekstep1

    Jesus. Not again.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tychi

      That is what the NRA is saying. How can the NRA talk themselves out of so many shootings.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jinx88

      Obama's is planning all these shooting to get his point across.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terence

      i meant i agree with ^^^

      January 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC Johnny

      More people are murdered every 3 weeks in Chicago than in any mass-shooting in US history.

      Where's the outrage? Where's the plan to stop real gun crime in the form of gang violence? Nowhere to be found.

      You know why? Because Obama doesn't need the urban city vote – he gets it already without a fight.

      Truth hurts, doesn't it?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    I have an idea! Let's plaster the guys name all over the news and make him famous for it. That should dissuade the next degenerate from following suit. /sarcasm

    January 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      Thank you. The problem is the glorification that these people receive.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kevin

    When hand held, nuclear hand grenade launchers are out lawed, only outlaws will have hand held nuclear hand grenade launchers

    January 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Debra

    When will this end? People will be afraid to take their kids to school, homeschool them just out of fear. As long as guns are given out like candy, some loonatic will try to outdo the killings.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      In what way are guns handed out like candy? Last I checked they are relatively expensive to purchase.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      obviously this was staged by the TX Christian Taliban branch to encourage homeschooling where science is not part of the teachings

      January 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      this was a typical hood shooting
      happens every day in every major city yet everyone ignores it

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

      "handing out guns like candy"?
      Really? What a dork...

      January 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dave

    If only there were guns everywhere this wouldn't happen.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Norma

    Why all the fuss? Texans just LOVE Guns and Gun Owners! This is something the NRA and the GOP/TP will simply applaud and then promptly ignore. Just another day in Texas. Carry on.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sa3933

      And you know that how Norma?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DPEC

    Guns must go.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Tapart

      So your answer is to ban all guns? Do you have any idea what the 2nd amendment is? Also do you have any idea what would happen to the murder/violent crime rate if you did this? I guarantee you it would double within a year.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tychi

      If the people got rid of the guns, where would the bad people get their guns?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Renee

      People who act stupid, must go

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

      John, what is it about Americans that you have the only developed country where responsible gun laws actually create more violence? Is any research being done into this? It's terrifying.

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

      Tychi, the bad people would not be able to get guns. They would just get knives. Then, we'll look into preventing knife violence, and the whole thing will start again.
      Or maybe, we look into identifying who the bad people are, and changing them into good people. Wow, then we wouldn't need the gun oe knife laws.

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

      Getting rid of all the guns is a ludicrous notion. Are you even aware how many unregistered guns are circulating in the USA alone? Over a million, maybe a couple million. And if USA got rid of all there guns, the weakest country on the planet could come in and take us over.

      This has nothing to do with NRA, GOP, or guns for that matter. This has to do with the sanity of the people. America, you are freaking crazy. Ok? Straight off the charts insane. We are the problem and we are only diving deeper into the pit of pathetic when we try to point the blame at something else other than ourselves.

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

      yes do u even know what the 2nd amendment is?
      that is the sign that the person obviously doenst know what the 2nd amendment is....
      which of these sh-o-o-ters was part of the well regulated militia? which of the sh-o-o-ters didnt use a bear arm? why didnt one of the sh-o-o-ters have an r-p-g?

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

      People with your mindset must go... not the guns!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • stan

      look at the stats on the FBIs website.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • MBP

      So true DPEC, now if you could just figure out a way to travel back in time and un-invent guns we will all be alright. No more killings.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • daisy

      This happen in a bad area, just like other states have them.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • someone

      @Tychi, they'd get guns from the same place they buy their crack

      January 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scottish Mama

    Copy cats?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. SPacific

    YEE-HAW!! Guns don't kill people.............

    January 22, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      Your right that gun did not walk on campus today and shoot anyone. However if a college student could carry then they could stop the PERSON who took a gun to that school to hurt people. Arguing that guns kill people is the same as saying they protect people. No people kill and people protect...whatever tools are needed to protect should be available not outlawed. I say forks kill people because they make them fat. so out law forks.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • uMofobi

      Yep, i bet that gun shot by itself.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • firenun

      lets see if we get hard hitting info. 🙁

      January 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ace

      i agree. its the people using it that does. its like a car, the car don't drive itself. it needs a driver

      January 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Yes, something should be done about mentally ill people who may become violent. But it doesn't get fixed overnight. Wouldn't it be nice if, in the meantime, it wasn't so easy for them to get lethal weapons? In the time it takes to kill someone with a magazine (or say, a knife..) a dozen people could be killed with an automatic weapon. And far more people are killed by legal weapons than illegal ones, so arming the citizens is certainly not decreasing gun violence.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • K

      Eric, Texas approved allowing concealed weapons on campus in 2011. Look it up.

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

      Holy cow and Anti-gun person actually made a correct statement! Guns do not kill people. TY. Repeat that to your lord Obama.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Megan

      Well guns don't kill people, but they sure are the fastest way a person can kill a whole lot of other people.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • jhsolorz

      Iran should explain to the world that nuclear weapons don't kill people. Why not allow everyone to have nuclear weapons, so they can deter everyone else who has nuclear weapons. Isn't that the same argument?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • DB

      Eric. So shall we ban us??? What are you saying dude? Guns do kill people. Please stop repeating that stupid phrase. And yet, while a rolled up magazine may kill also, currently it's not the weapon of choice nor can you kill 20 innocent kids within seconds with it. Guns do not need to be banned but there should certainly be more control over who has access to them.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • arturo

      Here is the thing. We can't fix us...as an intelligent race we need to decide which course of action will better suit is in the long run. If the talk of banning guns is causing this much chaos imagine when a president comes in and says fine...I wont ban guns but ill ban everything else that the gun lobbyist say is the true problem. Ill ban violent games, movies, books, pictures, ads, discussion, and hell even hunting, range shooting, and since I am at it screw it ill go back on my promise and ban guns too.

      How about we just ban the easiest thing to fix the problem...guns. We can't have our cake and eat it too...we need to let go of something.

      And this said from someone who owns 2 hand guns and 1 shotgun.

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

      Correct, Guns don't kill people, people kill people. That is exactly why we need stricter gun laws to attempt to prevent more people like this one from getting their hands on one.

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

      @megan – Ask Timothy McVeigh if guns kill faster than a bomb.

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

      @Andy – Why don't we enforce the one law that came before all gun laws.... Murder is illegal isn't it? Why don't we just cut to that law and avoid all of the other BS laws.

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

      True, almost anything can be used to kill, however, having access to gun raise the killing efficiency to astronomical degree. Case in point, a deranged man took a knife to a public building and started stabbing an innocent man, before he could stab to the point of death, on lookers pounced on him and took the knife from him, he was subsequently arrested and led away, and no life was lost. Can you imagine what the outcome would have been if he or the onlookers had rifles?

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

      Hey Eric, how many massacres have you heard of in this country by people beating people with a magazine? How many stabbing massacres do you even hear of? People don't use those methods because it's ridiculous and can be easily stopped. Guns are the easiest and most deadly way to kill a bunch of people. Guns do kill people, you'd be ignorant to think otherwise. It's just unfortunate it would be impossible to ban them and keep them out of criminal's hands.

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

      Well I have not heard people killing kids with a "rolled up magazine" inside schools.

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

      Same can be argued that chemical weapons and biological weapons don't kill people.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • LNR

      Right, and second hand smoke doesn't kill people, smokers kill people. And abortions don't kill babies, people kill babies.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warren

      I love the argument that "insert object here" could kill someone..so what should we do, ban said object? The guy up thread used a rolled up magazine as an example. Tell you what..I'll take my chances against the guy with the rolled up magazine any day of the week..if he can kill me with it I guess he's the better man. And I don't think a guy with a rolled up magazine would've gotten far walking into the school in CT or the movie theater in CO.

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

      So, Eric, when is the last time you heard that 20 odd kids at a school were killed with a rolled up magazine? There is only one kind of magazine that does that, and it is clipped to something designed to kill or maim.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wally Wolf

      Eric, how many people could you kill with a rolled up magazine vs. a semi-automatic? I can't believe you even said that.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
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