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. Scott

    During these times we need to Pray-...What can you do about Random acts of Violence ....Pray for the people that are driven to do these crimes. Pray they get the help they need mentally.............

    January 22, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Nope, sorry – prayer isn't the 'solution'.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • shon

      Don't you find it odd that the same group of people who don't want gun restrictions, also don't want a better healthcare system.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conor

      I'm sure that by praying for the mental health of these gunmen, eventually we will wipe them all out and this kind of stuff will never happen!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caleb

      You are very right. Prayer is the only solution. Our country needs our Lord and Savior more than anything right now!

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

      Prayer? Really? So you're saying if you mumble to yourself, that'll fix the problem?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • chauncenator

      I think its safe to safe we need more than prayer to make a difference. Not much would ever get done if we just relied on prayer and Jesus to do it...

      January 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaydulaiagh

      I agree! It's time to let God in and make the change. We need to make a difference, but in order to take the biggest leaps, we have to learn to walk first. I wish God was allowed in schools, things would change If He was.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • common sense

      God is a coward. He would never show his face, no matter how much we pray.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Dont worry about these people saying that prayer isnt the answer. This country doesnt know God anymore. If they would only keep his commandments it wouldnt have happened. But as i said, we are living in a Godless society.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      You are so right Steve. People just don't want to see that.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nameless

      The people that are anti god calling him a coward, taking him out of the schools and saying that prayer doesnt work. You are the reason this country is falling apart and I would hate to be in your seat at judgement time.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jants

      Prayer is not going to help your country until you get rid of the guns...“If more guns would make the USA safe, it should already be the safest country on earth, by far.” but it is the worst country in the world...

      January 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nameless

      If you truly want to make America safe lets talk about banning alcohol also thats an even bigger cause of death and it doesnt protect us at all!

      January 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mike123

    ssri at it again

    January 22, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      Another gross deliberate misconstruing of facts to divert attention from guns as the common denominator.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derek

      @The Other Bob
      No, I'm afraid that the problem is not that simple. A lack of enforcement of the laws that are already in place, an incomplete background check system, and a failure of our elected officials to pursue charges against those that are not legally allowed to own firearms, those are the beginnings of the problems.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Esog

    I hope they will actually investigate what medications the suspect was on this time.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonathanweeston

      Medications don't cause this. The disease those medications are treating, do (occasionally). Furthermore, there is no evidence of anything you're saying right now, and all you're doing is continuing this ridiculous notion that certain mental health medication creates murderers. That's absolute garbage, and there is no scientific evidence to prove that point. All "evidence" so far is a bunch of conspiracy loony-bin people who also think Obama was from Kenya/Indonesia and 9/11 was a government job.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • kckaaos

      Every mass shooter since Columbine was on the same medication.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      Thank you, Jonathan!!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dj

    If this crap continues your going to need a signed letter from the pope just to even think about buying a gun!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • hippie

      and then he will only let you have on e if you buy a berreta so that he and the vatican can get paid, as they are biggest shareholder!!!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tommy Boy

      We've used up our "You have the right to bear arms" card. We do not deserve to own guns. Any guns.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      I'm not Catholic. Can I still get such a letter?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • rickot1

      Tommy Boy, do you think we deserve to have cars. Cars will kill far more people today than guns. And EVERYONE speeds. Do you know you're chances of dieing in a car wreck go up greatly when you increase the speed from 65 to 80? But we all drive 80 in order to get somewhere 5 to 10 minutes faster. Does that mean we are too irresponsible to drive. I actually think so. I actually believe that speed limits should be strictly enforced at all times. But you know, I'm just a guy who was run off the road by a guy doing 90 and is lucky to still be here. Also can't count on 6 hands how many people I know who have died that way. I know two gun deaths.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sara Hoppes

    STOP spending your news coverage air time showing this. To sick people this is glamorous! All I hear your reporter saying is, "We don't know much yet"....well if you don't have facts, then make a quick report and move on to other stories until you actually have real NEWS and real facts, not just speculation!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • weebitwidd11e

      Just drop it from the news report then move on don't glamorize this crap CNN. You are just inflating the egos of these copycat monsters. Even when you are not saying names you are adding to their fame.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stan

      Yeah, CNN – we don't want to know about gun violence any more! It challenges our world view and makes us uncomfortable on our couches. We'd rather stick our heads in the sand and sing 'LALALALALALALALA' all day.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      As soon as the public stops lapping up this kind of stuff, the news media will stop reporting it. Not a moment sooner. Do you really see that happening?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Phillip Key

    send in the N.R.A. Let them take the gun fire. Then maybe they might get the hint that somthing needs to be done.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP

      Sure something needs to be done, ever wonder why these mass shootings always happen in "gun free" zones? Ever wonder why schools are given federal funding for every child they get prescribed ADHD medication? Do you ever wonder why parents are so fast to does their children with anti-psycotic, anti-depressant, SSRI's or other prescription medication yet that issue is never talked about?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canada

      Maybe if they could afford their medication, it wouldn't happen. Why do the people that blame it on mental illness, not want to use their dollars to support healthcare?

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

      Send in the N.R.A. if you did the only people being takin out in a gurny would be the criminals. So then I guess we would see which way we need to go with gun control........

      January 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jinx88

      Wasnt there a shooting at the Gun Show this past weekend? No ne died but people were still shot. So shooting happens in places that guns are allowed, people that post comments on here are just stupid.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nameless

      Your right people who post comments on here are stupid because your guns cant be loaded in a gun show. So how could they have stopped the crime, by asking them to wait until they load their guns before they start shooting.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kent

      @Jinx88 "Mass Shooting" was the key there buddy... Name one mass shooting at a gun show! ...or a murder for that matter! Accidents happen everywhere. Just sayin...

      January 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      @JP: This wasn't a "gun-free zone." College students in Texas can carry. Your medication argument also doesn't hold water.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • minh

      @the other bob

      No, students cannot carry on college campuses. This wasn't a random school shooting, either. Two idiots got in a fight over a girl and started shooting at each other. I'm not taking a side, just pointing out facts. CNN would have never reported this had it happened in some random neighborhood of that houston area – its in the ghetto. We houstonians call it gunspoint (greenspoint) for a reason. Hell, it probably wouldn't even have widely been reported locally in town.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. depaul001543

    The more national outrage and media attention these tragedies get, the more they will happen.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sa3933

    Why would'nt they ?!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kurt

    OK, let me know which of these ideas you consider valid. 1. Obama has authorized these shootings as a means of moving toward one world government. 2. there is no such thing as an assault rifle. 3. you will only get my guns from my cold dead hands. 4. the liberal media is responsible for these shootings. 5. no matter what you do you can not stop these shootings.
    6. the federal government is responsible for dispersing weapons into unauthorized hands...such as Operation Fast and Furious. by simply referring to your particular flavor by number, you can save space on this message board.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chihova

      LOL! Nailed it!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Shawn

    QUICK!!! We need to find out who did it and plaster their faces all over TV and the internet 24/7 so the next copycat will feel emboldened!! This has been such a GREAT week for news and our cause!!!!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nick287

    NRA, leave us alone!!!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. dan

    Theres a reason why NY has one of the lowest amounts of gun violence per capita on the planet.
    Theres a reason why TX has one of the highest amounts of gun violence per capita on the planet.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • JR


      January 22, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • jkk

      Really, Dan? Where do you get your facts? From the NY Times, obviously.

      The reality is the highest rates of gun violence can be found in New Orleans, Detroit, and Chicago....places where there are more restrictive gun laws, high government dependency, and nearly 100% Democrat controlled.

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

      Look at demographics, its minorities killing other minorities. Its a cultural issue and as long as we keep acting like its not other African-Americans killing each other, than nothing will change.

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

    Sorry to say but welcome to the real world this sort of thing is not going tio stop it will continue to get worse!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • LT

      Yep, as a citizen of the U.S., get used to it.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tarbelle mohillian

    the obama economy is making people wig out. no other explanation for the acceleration of social violence in the USA in the last few years.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Not true they happened during Bush too. I think 11 times. Lock up your guns and put safety locks on.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      Oh, cry me a river!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny973

      No other explanation?? Seriously? There couldn't be ANY other possible cause?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scottish Mama

    @Kurt my money goes on the crazies.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
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