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. diana

    Ban the guns!Help the nation!!!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jake

    do they have to report on every single bullet shot out of a gun now?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. matt

    This goes to show that these shootings will keep happening in these "gun free" zones until criminals realize they will be confronted immediately with another person that will be able to shoot back in defense

    January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    We have locked doors after the children get to school. Intercoms and monitors to let people in. Dare officers already in the buildings with guns

    January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. richard benson

    anyone that can get a hand gun carry permit needs to do it now!law abiding citizens need to assist in helping stop the gun violence in this country.lunitacs are everywhere,they need to be put out of comission,before more innocent lives fall victim of lunitac gunmen.i have a permit and i am proud to be in a state that issues cwps,lunitac gunmen need to be eliminated like clay pigeons.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Teresa

    Omg not again! See nra we need gun control. It is sad we need metal detectors at schools. What has happened to this country! It should not be dangerous to go to school.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Django

    The NRA was right – a gun in every classroom and school in America could have prevented this!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BD

    You can't have a drunk driver without a car or another motor vehicle so yes you can blame drunk drivers on cars, at least partially. Really gun people? Do you listen to what you say sometimes?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. WhoIsJohnGalt

    Where's the good guy with the gun to take him down?

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

      In a better part of Houston.

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

      Many schools will not even let a person like myself as a former law enforcement officer with a gun permit on school grounds with a firearm . Only the criminals apparently are allowed to carry them at school unless you are a Law enforcement now . We the good guys with the guns obey the law so we are unarmed on school grounds that dont allow carry by even a permit holder or former officer .

      January 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. be quiet

    you're ignorant. another day, another school shooting. seems to be a pretty straight forward article...how exactly is this sensationalizing anything?

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

      Yep. So why are all the shootings happening at GUN FREE ZONES? Why not have armed guards at schools?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blufftoni

      When they ignore the 50 shootings each in Chicago and LA since the beginning of the year, yet this trash is front page. That's how it's sensationalized. It's to push an agenda.

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

      some cant handle the truth- in jack nicholson voice.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • The_Truth

      Because it was St a school its national news....

      50 other people died in the hood but didn't make the news...

      Maybe that's the answer.... if you want to make the Headlines......shoot your enemy at school...

      Great work CNN...

      January 22, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • lvnighthawk

      Because it erupted from a fight and not a serial shooter, it could have been in a house, on the street, in a car

      January 24, 2013 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    H3ll is for children.

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

    The Second Amendment was crafted to maintain southern Slave Patrols. That's some fine history we've got.

    Look it up.

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

      Nope it was to protect us from tyranny.

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

      This needs to be reported more. 2nd amendment was to appease the south and continue to have control of their slaves.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Steve

    The only thing more sickening than the existence of another school shooting is how enthusiastic news agencies are at the prospect of another week's worth of news from this.

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

      should we turn our blind eye. this is really my friend. something needs to be done about these killer guns. ban them all.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. lax

    Where's the armed NRA to protect the students?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dirtdevil67

      Counting their money.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. diana

    Ban the guns!!! Help the nation!!!

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