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. Lovinit

    It's not the guns killing people, it's the crazy people who have the guns. I have several guns and I respect my guns. My guns are for hunting for meat for food and for my protection. I don't know the solution for this, but I know if we give up our guns, the ones of us that use them properly, the crazy people will find a way to keep theirs.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cayeres209

      All those victims have been killed with guns. The guns did not kill them but they played a CENTRAL FREEKING ROLE in all those mass SHOOTINGS!~

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

    NRA is proposing to get an OK from congress to have 1 military tank per hoome. Way to go NRA

    January 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. FaksNooz

    It's Texas. They shoot first, get their GED's later. Hee haw!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Seth

    yeah – it's scary! I'm not against guns – but I would love to hear a story of when a gun owner saved the day from a home intruder, school shooter, etc. You know, these crazy think they have the right to own a gun to protect themselves from the US Government – really? REALLY? If you own a gun you think you could protect yourself from the government? Hmmm, That would take a a lot of bullets.

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

      why do you think the govern nt is purchasing all those bullets for.....hunting? get real....its for us....thats why we need to have weapons to protect ourselves from TYRANNY..

      January 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lito

    Hey 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 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joel Sheldon

    Where we the "good guys with the guns" when this was unfolding. Surely, if any live in the U.S., they must be in Texas.

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

      There were following the law. This was a 'gun free zone' after all

      January 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    If there was a black shooter this must have been gang related because black folks aren't as crazy as white folks.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Person

    Jezuz, seems like another shooting every day.

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

      do people really think that getting rid of guns will resolve all the murders and killing that goes on in our country? liberals, consistently throwing out baseless and iditioc statements completely fueled by emotion that directly correlates to their ideal little fairy tale land. it never ceases to amaze me how blindly you follow each other.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Keel Hauler

    1800 miles away, and according to liberal logic, it's all my fault.

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

    It's funny that these tragic events were so sporadic, but in the past year we have had more "reported" than in the last 10 years combined.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DAN O'HARA

    gang activity.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jesus is a a fairy tale

    Stop saying baseless things like praying, god, jesus, baby jesus, and everything else related to your fairy tale.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sharon

    Happy Gun Appreciation Day. No, wait, that was 3 days ago. But isn't this normal in Texas?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joel Sheldon

    Where were the "good guys with the guns" when this was unfolding? Surely if they are anywhere in the U.S., they are in Texas?

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

      It's illegal to carry guns on school premises. Learn the laws

      January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tonyh110

    chance would be a fine thing – gun stores and online sellers cannot keep up with demand – my local dealer's shelves are empty and HE cannot buy more. Ammo is the same.

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