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. Jeff

    But according to the NRA this can't possibly happen in Texas with such pro gun policies and where everybody carries guns.

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

      Schools are gun free zones (that's no guns allowed for you liberal idiots)

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

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

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

      Your still not allowed to conceal carry on campus. The only state where you can is Utah.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SaneOne

    People with guns kill people. That's how it works.

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

      houston we have a problem

      January 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • reality

      So did Tim McVeigh but it wasn't a gun and he killed a lot more. It will happen again unfortunately.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. darknesscrown

    It's always a shame when people get injured, wounded, maimed, or killed at the hands of another person with a gun for no really legitimate reason. That being said, I really don't have any sympathy for American culture when, even after 20 kids get mowed down, it doesn't AT ALL lessen their resolve to keep more guns. That's the clinical definition of insanity. If more guns were the answer, there would be no crime ANYWHERE and everyone would embrace that viewpoint. As it turns out, only a tiny, albeit EXTREMELY obnoxious and boistrous, faction of America actually thinks it's not only reasonable, but NECESSARY to arm themselves heavily without any government regulation whatsoever. People like the NRA and other groups like them have a tendency to render themselves irrelevant with no "help" from the "main stream media" when they stubbornly dispute reality because they don't like it.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. IQover40

    It's not the guns fault. Do you get that yet?

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

      CNN is heavily liberal. You are expecting too much from their typical readers.

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

    Another day another mass homicide, and the gun nuts and apologists come crawilng out of the dark to spew their venom and idiocy. Straw men such as the second amendment is inviolate, people kill people not guns, don't ban scary looking high capacity guns, anything you do is too little or to late.we need more armed people all the time . We the people have heard all the arguments like some rancid Islamic preacher it is only the non believers who are violent. We the people know better it is time to limit what type of gun and who can have a gun is firmly and finally put into place.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Woodrow

    1791!! 1791!!! 1791!!! I have the right to bear my musket so you don't steal my sheep!! Also to defend my home against the tyranny of the British Army!!!

    Wait...a...minute.... It's 2013 and I am living in the past. I have the right to bear a sub machine gun and blow people away for the fun of it. YAY!!!! 2nd amemdment!!!! Guns Rule. I can be a big time coward and point a gun at someone instead of solving our problems like a man.

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

    Sorry folks. Hate to burst your bubble, but the 2nd Amendment needs to be repealed. We don't deserve to own guns. We have used up our "right" to own a gun as a race. We are too mean and unstable of a species to own a gun. Just take them already.

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


      January 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • FoolKiller

      "We are too mean and unstable of a species to own a gun. Just take them already."

      That being the case... who or what do you want to take them?
      And do you hear their voices telling you to say this?

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

      Yes, only the police, government, and military should have guns so they can keep their power over us.

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

      You're an idiot. While you're at it, let's not talk about guns anymore, either. Let's give up our freedom of speech. Let's cut people's hands off at birth so we can't beat people. Somebody gets manipulated a little too easily by the idiot box. Grow a pair.

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

      I hope this includes criminals too!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      Yes, if it is repealed, we can guarantee that no criminal will ever have a gun...because they always follow the law, you know?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • That guy

      How will you get them from the criminals who obtained them illegally that we don't even know about?

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

      Don't speak for others just speak for your self and worry about your own life.

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

      You know, I actually don't fully disagree with that comment. We don't NEED guns...and even if the government got out of hand and we need to try to take them down, we're too fat to do it AND they have the drones to stop us if we even tried...


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

      We need to get rid of the 1st amendment. Words start revolutions my friend.

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

      Please clown, don't tell me what we do and don't "deserve". Who are you to make that statement? It's brainwashed sheep like you that have given us another 4 years of Barack Obama, and will continue to blindly follow his lead to a goverment heavy society where individuals don't have the brainpower to create their own opinions.

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

      So if none of us had guns who would defend us in the event any of us needed defending? I'm just curious.

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

      Well by all means try and see if you can take every gun in America. After all, there's only 300+ million of them in this country so why would it not be practical?

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

      Ok, here we go with the hysterical responses again. That's why rational clear thinking people have to get together on this and You don't qualify.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • rad666

      why yes because if the second ammendment is repealed then all of the criminals and gang bangers will definitely give up their weapons.........And think about it. Do you really want the military to be the only ones with guns..........not a good idea.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sara

    The right to "bear arms" is NOT the right to kill innocent people. More in-depth background checks need to be put into place. Why do citizens need to have access to assault weapons? I am sick of the NRA's rhetoric!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • JMK84

      What does "assault weapons" have to do with two morons shooting at eachother with what im sure will be reported as hand guns?

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

      The NRA teaches gun safety. Here and in most states that have gun control you need to pass an NRA gun safety course to be licensed to own a gun. The NRA represents a vast number of law abiding citizens, and if people learned gun safety, the people who shouldn't have guns wouldn't be able to get their hands on guns. That is to say if the mother in CT. had locked her guns in a safe her son may not have been able to do what he did.
      The reason we need so called assault rifles is so we the citizens will be a formidable force if we need to reclaim our country from a tyrannical dictator and or government . Germans gave up the right to bear arms. How many would have marched against the Nazis if they had been armed? Do you really think our government doesn't bear keeping in check?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • One Openion

      Who said they were innocent? Who said anything about assault weapons or correctly said – assault styled semi-automatic weapons? Who's rhetoric are you spewing?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. roger rabbit

    i am not a gun owner. However, if I want to go purchase a gun, I should have the right to do so-whether it is to hunt game or to protect myself, my family, or my home. People who commit these types of crimes will do so whether or not it is legal to buy a gun or not. Most criminals do not get their guns at WalMart or any other honest source. The key is to let everyone have a gun...that way the playing field is even.

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

      'The key is to let everyone have a gun...that way the playing field is even.'

      jeez, you may as well turn out the lights, society has failed in the US.

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

      I agree.

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

      Yes you have the right. I believe that the right of bear arms should be renamed to the right to protect yourself and bear arms INSIDE your home. The concealed weapons idea is the one that must be killed. I understand people trying to protect themselves and family in the case of a break in to their homes. But carry a weapon just because in public? that is totally wrong.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • J. E. Cooper

      57% of illegal guns come from 1% of gun dealer. But the NRA fight laws for required audits or inventory control

      January 22, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. brutemacarthur

    This is literally right down the street from me and I took 2 classes on this campus. I'm liberal leaning and I am not from Texas but I'm about ready to go get my CHL guys. I'm a sitting duck and frankly so is every unarmed American in this country.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Akr

    To all of the idiots crying "CNN is sensationalizing this!", it's the top story for every major media news outlet! Also, it's news because this country is experiencing an unprecedented rise in mass shootings, especially in schools, over the past few years.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARDUN

      Yeah, come on CNN. Every time somebody gets shot at a school you report on it like it's a big deal or something.

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

      The funny part about this. Every time the Major News Outlets give media coverage to shootings like this, it just makes more people run off and buy guns. More gun sales means more money and power flowing into the NRA, which means a bigger war chest to take down liberals who don't support gun rights.

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

      Mass shooting... One guy shooting at another. Seriously!?

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

      This wasn't a mass shooting, just a couple of idiots who do not deserve their right to arms. Well one of them may have just been protecting himself. This may be a story of how being armed saved the day!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tony

    It was a gun battle between two people and others were injured in the crossfire.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      There have to be sacrifices if we want to keep our guns. There will be casualties, children and other innocents will die senselessly, but that is ok because at least we are protecting the 2nd Ammendment and gun manufacturing in the US. The right to sell, buy, carry, and threaten other people with guns is more important than people or a peaceful and safe public life. Guns are more important than happiness or the well being of children because you never know when a US President is going to suddenly turn into a maniacal dictator and require that we little people become a home-spun militia armed to the teeth ready to 'take back our freedom'. It's worth it to sacrifice the lives of children, and innocent bystanders by having more and more people with guns for the unknowns of the future. We should also have more movies showing people resolving conflicts with guns, shooting in parking lots, and mandatory playing of violent video games to be sure everyone is properly desensitized to the use of guns in daily life. We should make it a law that we carry a gun with us at all times to protect ourselves, then we can simply eliminate the police since we can 'take care of ourselves'. Yeah, that sounds good -federally mandated Texas style vigilante justice. Peace and social stability is just sooooooo overrated.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gun Nuts Go Home

    Man, if people were trying to crash cars into schools and movie theaters everyday I would be willing to give up cars for public transportation. Why can't gun nuts think about doing the same thing. Since guns seem to be the main instrument in harming our kids at schools, malls and churches. Why can they not see logic?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARDUN

      The difference is, if used responsibly there is a legitimate reason to own and operate a car.

      Oh, and feel free to replace 'car' with: hammer, box cutter, kitchen knives, etc.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bo

    "These are responsible gun owners"
    Then 5 get shot by accident at a gun show

    "Assault rifles are safe!"
    5 people shot in New Mexico with one

    "This stuff doesn't happen in Texas!"
    2 students shot in Texas

    January 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      responsible gun owners own multiple ar15's for things like this

      January 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • SourceIt

      Sources or links to articles for any of that?

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

    another well regulated militia member defects...............
    some day these imbeciles will use bear arms to attack each other.

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