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. Smitty

    The board of the NRA consists of the owners of gun manufacturers. They could case less about the 2nd amendment, they could case less about your life, they will use every opportunity they can to instill fear and preach gun rights, TO MAKE MONEY.

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

    We give our kids so much medication now days it is ridiculous...6 year olds are on depression, ADD, ADHD, and countless other "junk". Then we want to wonder why these kids grow up with no emotions or respect for human life. Trust me I have kids like this in my own family. They are on all this junk because their parents are idiots and they are constantly talking about stabbing or shooting one another

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

      I agree with you 100% Trevor. It's a shame!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • jon wilson

      Good point I too can relate.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Yami Shogun

    Anothere shooting and I bet this guy was on some kind of medication SSRI.. just watch

    January 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joice miller

    another Nut with a GUN!!!!JUST SAD

    January 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chuck

    Malls, Schools, Movie Theaters....all gun free zones? Those gun laws must totally work on the bad guys.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Reco

    it is so sad to say that this country is not what it once was. Poor poor USA

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

      Reality is the media hushed everything up in the old days and even today your news is censored !

      January 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. popcorn

    How much you people want to bet? Tomorrow is GUN news.
    Any better? $5, $10 -$50 or million dollars.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Woody

    At many schools even if you have a gun permit you can not carry a sidearm . So us good guys with permits and even some of us are former law enforcement people can not help because we want to be law abiding . The people who make the rules need to go back to the drawing board .

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

      Where I work you are not allowed to carry a weapon of any sort on campus. This is a corporate policy. Do you think the government should be telling private companies what sort of internal policies they can enact? Also, please keep in mind that this looks like a gun fight between two armed individuals on the campus – likely students. Would more people having guns in this situation have helped?

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

      Interesting starting pont, even better rebuttal

      January 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 3ToedGrebe

    These incidents have been commonplace over the last 4 years or so.Barry is driving this country mad.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nick

    Wonder how the media will spin this one like Sandy Hook.....

    January 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sergio

    A classic shoot out at the campus corral in Texas! It appears according to the latest news, that two individuals shoot at each other inside campus…sooner or later this was going to happen, in a state where is legal to carry conceal weapons on campus…

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

      It's not legal to carry guns on all school campuses in Texas.

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

      What?! what do you mean you cant carry a gun on school campus!? but the 2nd amendment!!!? You say it like it's a good thing that they cant carry guns on a school campus, reality is that is gun control.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. W Arch

    Is this a "Gun Free Zone" I keep hearing about?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Paul

    Another shooting in a "Gun Free Zone" also known as a "sitting target zone"

    January 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. vet4life1963

    Gun free zone. That is whay the good guys with guns couldn't help.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chris R

    Well, at least both the people were armed! Imagine how bad it would have been if neither of them were. It could have ended up as a fist fight!

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