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. jrubalca

    Why are people so shocked? This happens in the iner-cities on a daily basis, and never gets soo much media attention. I guess they are really out to do away with the Second Amendment.

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

    hey NRA, watch this, thx to your battle for the guns, glad I live in canada. shame on you NRA

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

      Thank's for your interest in the USA, but it's not needed.

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

      The NRA only speaks for a vast majority of us Americans. We at least can take back our country if we decide the government is out of control. I am pretty sure you have your crimes in Canada ay! I doubt if you even understand what the 2nd amendment is about. We Americans are practical. Sure we would all love a Utopian world, but it is never going to happen, humans are instinctively corrupt, so we opt of having the upper hand, and an armed citizenry ensures we will never be subjects, but instead free citizens.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PBM

    americanvoice! really, you are not my voice. repel 2nd amendment...you are out of your mind. you think this shooter cares about 2nd amendment or that this was a gun free zone. our society is filled with sick and twisted people and if you think for one minute i will give up my guns then you are an idiot!

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

    So sad,,, why can people quit hurting one another. Please God, Bless this world.

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

    Latest update: Two Responsible Gun Owners were having a Gentleman's Duel on a legal-carry college campus. Everything sounds on the up and up so far... oh but two people were hurt in the crossfire. I guess their extensive weapons training course failed us. Legislate better training for gun owners so that they only murder their target, I say.

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

      The students who were shot should have practiced better safety measures.

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

      True Sam. Perhaps if they had guns themselves, the bullets would have been deflected by the aura of protection that guns provide. I read about it in a NRA pamphlet.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Charles Gannon

    Be sure to report and show all the graphic details so you can INSPIRE more crazies to follow suit.

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

      Yep! Gotta feed the killing machine with the sick attention it wants...

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

      You are so very right! The more they post, the more the crazies will think "I can do better..." and set out to prove it!

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

      If you read past the headline, you would see the obvious: This was not a mass shooting, this was simply two people exercising their legal right to shoot one another in mutual self-defense.

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

      I think its time to quit giving these Jessie james wanna bes a reason to do these things, I wish the publicity would end this in turn would maybe make them think well what can I gain from doing this nothing npublic whats the use

      January 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Uri Nation

    Freedom of Speech is the issue. Don't give these kooks air-time or the front page and a lot of this would not happen.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Young

    It sickens me to hear this, particularly on the day I return to classes. If America has any intentions of fostering a culture of talented and creative individuals, their people must stop living in fear. The gun represents the epitome of this fear of one's neighbors. Its time to walk with God again, not Gun. Put faith back where it belongs: in the heart, not the holster.

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

      Well said ... I agree wholeheartedly. We can't pretend to be a nation of spiritual people while cultivating a gun culture.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bobby

    The college website says there are two gunmen, this story mentions only one gunman.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gregg

    5 or 6 shots is insane! It's time to act by banning magazines with more than 10 rounds!

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

      You are dumb. Large magazines are facing a possible ban to stop mass murders like the one in Newtown from happening. Were you born yesterday?

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

      @scmity because obviously there is no way someone can reload their weapon with another 10 round magazine... Mental health should be the target with gun ownership, not magazine size

      January 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smitty

      Thanks Chris. Yeah, mental health is the problem. Unfortunately, many mentally unhealthy people don't know or realize that they need help. One thing they do know is that they are more than welcome to go buy guns and ammunition.

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

    No panic as long as its not your child. Have your Machine Guns and u can defend your self against your ghost enemies.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Nunuv

    I don't understand how this can happen – aren't guns prohibited on schools?

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

      You must have missed the part in the headline that said TEXAS

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

      yes, Darryl, because it doesn't happen in places like California or Vermont....does it dumb as$

      January 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smitty

      Yeah, what PBM said. Yeehaw!! Pow! Pow! Pow!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Harry Vaseline

    NRA: "Don't worry. There are armed guards in that school, so no one will ever get shot. Y'all can relax now."

    January 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dave

    How could well-armed Texans have allowed this to happen. Shame on you. Probably need to buy more guns.

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

      Yeehaw! More guns equals less problems, right?

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

      Texas is under the same federal regulations as the liberal north. dumb as$

      January 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smitty

      Yeah, duma$$! Yeehaw! Pow! Pow! Pow!

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