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. Name*syd

    What a tragedy.....we can tskey solace in words at Revelation 21:3,4

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

      Not much solace to be found in Revelation. Just saying. Thanks for playing!

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

    If gun control works why does Chicago have the strictest gun laws and the highest crime rate? Gun control is about CONTROL, not guns.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. james pfeiffer

    I finally understand why gun lovers are so oblivious to any change in the gun laws. They believe that our society is destined for anarchy and they simply want to be the last ones standing. It is not about how we might make a more loving, peaceful and happy society...its about fear, testosterone and bloated machismo.

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

      Then tell the police and military to disarm, since they use guns to kill more people than anyone else, hypocrite.

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

      Ok. Take away people's right to arm themselves. Do the same for cops and the Military too. For every right the people lose the government should too.

      Why? Because as we throw our rights away, we are controlled more and more by the government. This is NOT a paranoid statement and has been repeated in history. To paraphrase: Those who are willing to give their liberty away in the name of safety deserve neither. Now it's our right to eat what we want. Our guns. Next it will be our right to say what we want and demonstrate (oh wait: HR Bill 347) and soon we will be pumped with medication so we don't complain. Our school systems are already being crippled by lack of funding. How smart do you think our kids will be if we can't even afford to pay teachers to teach them? Of if the standardized testing they are upheld to actually hinders real learning. Stop paying attention to the media and watch your local government. It's happening.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. brutemacarthur

    That shooting in Texas is literally right up the street. MIght be time for this liberal to buy a gun. I'm a sitting duck

    January 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Masakra

    Fat americans are so fat that they can't even run from the bullets.

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

      Can you run out from a bullet?

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

      I'm not a physical trainer or anything ... but I'm pretty sure even thin people can't outrun bullets

      January 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • paullubbock

      Fat has nothing to do with running from a bullet Einstien, unless you can run faster than 700 mph give or take a few depending on the caliber and type of weapon and bullet shot.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • tron777

      Eat a lot of paint chips when you were growing up?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dapple

      A skinny person wouldn't be able to do it either. Might just be a smaller target but unless you can run faster than 1500 feet per second... it doesn't matter what size you are.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. popcorn

    GUN MEDIA HYPE.... this is more like FLASHMOBS and more copycats.

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

    Shootings happen in that area all the time. I lived in greenspoint most of my life, I'm pretty sure its gang related.

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

    115 people died in car accidents yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that. When are we going to outlaw these killing machines. I don't even feel safe driving my kids to school. How can I support my family if I don't even feel safe driving to work. Why are these terrible tragedies not front page national news, they are just pushed aside as if they don't matter, not reported on.

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

      Apparently you didn't learn anything from Nicole a few pages back...

      January 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kristin

    Terrible & sad news, prayers to all of those harmed and the police assisting in the search. I'm praying so hard we get our acts together and make better decisions. I don't believe this is what our founding fathers had in mind.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ian Grunewald

    Almost 1000 people have now died in in gun violence SINCE Newtown! Think about that!!!!!!

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

      Majority of those in big cities with strict gun laws and gun free zones. What must we do to fix the problem?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justin

      Think I need to go buy a gun! Dangerous out there and most criminals seem to be armed. I'm honestly not worried about a random shooter I'm more likely to get smashed by some dumb driver texting than that happening.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • progun and proud of it

      750 have suffocated from gulping their food too fast or playing with plastic bags, since Sandy Hyook..2,500 have died in car accidents in the US too since Sandy Hook.Think on that!!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Arich

    Notice yet again that these events happen in "Gun Free Zones" AKA Victim Zones.
    Time to remove all gun free zones and allow concealed carry everywhere.

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

      Yes lets add more violence to the violence...sounds like an American thing to do!

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

      most people can't effectively hit a urinal. more guns in a situation like that only leads to more people being injured in the crossfire. don't believe that? take a vacation in Juarez, Mexico.

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

      Try living in Afghanistan where everyone is allowed to own guns.Even crazy people like you.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Homer Simpson

    Howdy there folks, we should just ban murder so nobody will ever kill again!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Get Over Yourself

      Funny – You gun lovers love to avoid the answer.

      GET RID OF ALL GUNS – EVERYWHERE...and gun murder drops to ZERO.

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

    Guns don't kill people, but a metal projectile traveling at over 1100fps does.

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

    Wow lot of people on here willing to let everyone EXCEPT law abiding citizens have guns. You guys are sick in the head.

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

      Id rather be sick in the head than shot in it.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. martin2176

    how many ?

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