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. william


    January 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sy2502

      Why not repeal the entire Bill of Rights?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • lito

      deport traitors that want to Repeal the 2nd ammendment...those are the traitors....its the sick person that pulls a trigger...Im sure he is on some type of medication...

      January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • fleas

      repeal cars, knives, snowblowers!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • fleas

      How many more fingers would people have if they would just use shovels instead of snow blowers.

      Think about the fingers, who is going to take care of the fingers!!!

      Ban snowblowers

      January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smitty

      We can't do that, I reckon we needs us some guns to pertick rselves. Yeehaw!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Buckhuntr

      How about if we repeal the 2nd Amendment we also repeal your 1st Amendment Right.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Keel Hauler

    The lefty nuts are here, claiming that the NRA provided the gunman with the weapon just for this purpose. Also, they said that NRA members strangle puppies, dis-respect their mothers, and generally smell bad.

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

      The NRA are sick extremist terrorists who do have the blood of every gun victim in America on their hands.

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

      Stereotype much? Also, go back on your meds.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. iamtheak

    Must've been one of those "New Yorkers" that Greg Abbott wanted to bring their guns to Texas.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sarahfalin

    How is this even possible? Texans are armed good ole cowboys and normally shoot bad people on sight.

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

      Just like every other state in the nation....you are not allowed to take a firearm on campus :)....so in this case your argument does not hold up k thanks 😀

      January 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jinx88

      "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun", and by the way we are gonna shoot a few innocent people that cant get out of the way of bullets flying everywhere. Proves the theory of the NRA is full of cow s#!t.

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

      Read today's NY Post.. NYC being sued by victim of stray bullets fired by.....NYPD officers.... fired 50 rounds missed target 47 times

      Police are just as bad as good citizens... that's all they are anyway...

      January 22, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texan100%

      I worked right accross the street from this campus last year. As for the people around there, I assume "sane" for the most part. but one question remains if guns were allowed on campus do you think any one would go in there trying to shoot everyone???

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

      Texans aren't armed in GUN FREE ZONES.. Plus this is hoodstar area known as Gunspoint in Houston.

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

      Another student with a gun problably took him down. We don't mess what that nonsense down here. i bet there are some good ole boys who have at least 3 guns in their trucks

      January 22, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Schools are still gun free zones in Texas.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • brad

      It is possible because a school is a gun free zone and law abiding citizens are not allowed firearms on campus.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*joe

      You know they have black people in Texas right? White people shoot everybody black people only shoot eachother. JK

      January 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hervey

      No ones been shot

      January 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryansco

      Are you sur eit wasn't two brothers at it?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      Shootings are always tragic and should never happen. Its interesting how liberals are so concerned about banning guns yet they support scrambling millions of children inside their mothers womb... as long as the doctors are not using guns of course.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • kckaaos

      Well, the shooting WAS limited to 3 injuries....

      January 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • lewtwo

      If he enters one of the local neighborhoods and starts shooting he will most likely not survive to answer any questions.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • merennulli

      What makes this worth noting on national news is that it happened in Texas. This happens almost daily in Chicago. The reason you're confused is because this is being given the same attention and slew of misinformation as the mass shootings. No deaths, no little kids, just two minor "bad guys" who are being dealt with. What you should take away from this is that it is the worst they could find to report on in one of the largest states in the country with among the highest rates of gun ownership.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • DamonLMathews

      Students that have a CCW (concealed weapons permit) are not allowed to carry on campus. I have a CCW, and I never carried on campus simply because the law would not allow it.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • smacknfact

      because it was staged by the obama administration. another false shooting reported to lock down guns.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mhub

      They all have guns, so how can you tell who's good and who's bad? Which way do you run when everyone starts shooting?

      January 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ShawnDH

    Masakra: What piece of trash third world cesspool do you come from?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. B4Cons

    Less killings per capita in Illinois than Texas ..... turn off the Hatestream Media.

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

      Texas is a crime-ridden hell hole from my Maine perspective.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Valerie

      Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw!!!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nash

      because Illinois has only one Major City. Texas has suburbs larger than Springfield. Texas has Houston, Dallas & Ft Worth, Austin, & San Antonio. How about we do a ratio of shootings per capita in Chicago vs. every other metropolitan city?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hose dee


      January 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bruce

      I find that hard to believe. chicago alone has one of the highest rates of crime in the country. Heck, i have been there!

      January 22, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • krehator

      Anti's only like statistics that imply they are right.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Again

    I guess the Jones followers will be out again saying this was all done by actors and the shooting was fake. Just like they have since Sandy Hook ..

    January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Schome

    great, just great, thanks Obama..,

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

      I concur with Schome...another treat we get to look forward too for another 4 years, thanks Mr. President...

      January 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • LT

      And that has to do with this story how?!?

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

      Don't blame Obama, blame the republicans who fight every effort Obama makes at gun control just for the sake of going against him. They are a pig headed bunch who are to blame. Remember republicans are the same criminals who broke into the watergate headquarters. A zebra don't lose his stripes and republicans are still crooks.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kaelie

    I hope everyone is ok but I really wish this nonsense would stop. I would love to be able to go to class without the fear of being shot to death.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Smitty

    This is where gun enthusiasts are supposed to interject with "that guy needs better healthcare and psychiatrists. Gun's aren't the problem..."

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

      IIf gun control works why does Chicago have the strictest gun laws and the highest crime rate?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • swheeler719

      Yes, better healthcare and psychiatris, but not via Obamacare!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jason

    Michael Baclolas, Free law abiding mentally stable citizens an get angry, can get drunk, can become mentally unstable, can become non law abiding citizens. So you are completely wrong man. In a democratic society there is no need of ciizens carrying guns. If you want to protect yourself go get a High Voltage Teaser gun.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jay

    Countries that have gun control don't have these mass shootings once a week like in the United States. Look outside your borders for a change and you'll see the answer.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Deb in MT

    Dr. Sikes

    I'm sick of hearing about "second amendment rights." You know, rights don't do you any good at all when you're shot dead!!

    Kinda hard for the rest of us to enjoy "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" when we're too terrified to go out into the public square. Why is it that the 'holy' second amendment has trumped all the others?

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

      If you're too terrified to go outside because of the highly unlikely event you'll be involved in a shooting, then you have paranoia issues, and should seek professional help immediately.

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

      If gun control works why does Chicago have the strictest gun laws and the highest crime rate? Gun control is about CONTROL, not guns.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Americanvoice

    the time has come to repel 2nd amendment

    January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moonshynesdenray

      Totally agree, this outdated amendment is in desperate need of repeal. Another school shooting..this is crazy.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • dplandry

      No, repeal crazies and liberals!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The Mayor of Medinah

    Not a word from CNN on the young man who was shot dead after a high school basket ball game in Chicago last week

    January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • belcher

      Did that really happen?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wally

      S O P there.... Why confuse the populace with facts?!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryansco

      Same thing happened in STL after a basketball game.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • BD

      Well that's because it didn't involve an "assault" weapon and therefore doesn't feed into the agenda. Such hypocrisy in the proposed policies – killing with handguns is fine, but they have chosen AR15s to demonize.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • darquarious

      Good point, but it was just another black male killing someone.... that happens so often, it's not news.
      Nor does the negr0-loving Soledad O'Brien even bother to mention it when she has her black series on CNN all the time trying to treat the race like they are handicapped.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Solomon

      Thanks for reporting. It is the same thing it is with guns. DOWN with NRA. That is all it needs. Whether it is in Chicago or California or Texas

      January 22, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
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