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. Really?


    January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. alberto sanchez

    Guns for everybody!
    It looks like everybody love guns. We dont need to go kill people in other countries, we are doing it better here killing ourselves!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. george

    It does not take an idiot to see that the more cable reports and dwells on these shootings, the more there is going to be! obviously the people doing the shootings are deranged and for some reason have the need get back at society and create pain. the exposure given the horrible happenings entices other crazies to seek the same results. the cable news networks should report the shootings and have brief followups, not over expose and feed the need of mentally ill people seeking to repeat the carnage!!!!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. richard benson

    i will exercise my 2nd amendment right to carry weapons,i keep a low profile,and if i see something going down,i will spring into action,i hope i dont see a situation of violence,but if i do,i will be the few that will attempt to defuse a situation.

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

      Clearly, you are just far more likely to get shot and 100% more likely to shoot somebody else.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sir steven malchiodi

    Lol just some online humor... in any event it's sad but seems to be common we need serious action and laws to prevent these incidents from being so widespread. Get guns off the street people don't need all these guns I don't own a gun and never been a victim of anything... so don't give me the protection line...

    January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jonathan

    " "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." "

    If the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, then what saves the people in between the two idiots shooting at each other in a public space?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. beer immediately

    Here is the problem. We live in a society that is getting stupider and stupider by the minute. You can't reason with a stupid person. I am terrified that some of these stupid people have guns in their possession. They can't even walk and hold a cellphone at the same time, what do you think will happen with a gun in their hand? Any dispute a stupid person gets into will be resolved via the gun instead of their brain.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AnnoyedByPolitics

    Poor CNN, they were so hoping for another school shooting to push their anti-gun agenda. Now it's looking more like a typical gang shooting that just happened to be on a campus. Happens daily in Chicago.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Wally Wolf

    Sounds like two guys got into an argument in the library and both pulled out guns. This is a result of letting students carry guns on campus. Real smart! We have Governor Perry and his kind to thank for this. Everyone's toting a gun now and yelling Yee Ha!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Woody

    When will people get it ? It is not the law abiding people doing the shooting . Its the law abiding people that are being kept at bay and many law abiding people are afraid to get involved thanks to law suits ! If you want answers to your questions why not ask the people who made the laws why their laws are not working ? What good is even a gun permit if you are limited where you can carry it ?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NRA MJ


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

      Who are you to use capslock?

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

      Nobody is saying you can't have a gun and not a single proposal put forward by Obama or any of his actions on gun control in any way take away your right to legally buy and have a gun.

      What are you nutballs talking about?

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


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

      exactly, and who are you people to tell me i cant drive 155, or that i can't drink and drive, or that i can't drive with no hands, or or that i can't drive blindfolded. come on guys, 2nd amendment, man. yeeeehaaaaawwwww. i mean who are you people exactly???

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

      when you say gun. are you talking about a pistol or a semi-automatic rifle? i have no issue with a pistol but a semi? why need it here in america?

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

      Brown shirts, Gestapo, Stalin, Hitler, Nazis, yada yada

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

    Yeah, but maybe if everyone had guns, then all of the bad guys would be killed, and all of the good guys will live. But wait, what if a good guy turns into a bad guy. Oh no, now I'm confused.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ShawnDH

    According to the evil NRA and their demented supporters, this is just FREEDOM and the answer is clearly MORE GUNS.

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

      I agree Shawn.. We need to loosen the gun laws.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sweet Brown

    Ain't nobody got time for that!!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JMG

    I wonder why there is a need for a comments section for these stories. Most of us completely take away from the actual story to go on tangents about the things they represent. Like who cares about victims in the situation, anyone affected, etc. Let's just go on and on about Gun Control, since that is ALWAYS more important. Human life...not so much. You love and right to own a gun...most important. That in itself is part of the bigger problem, but again, I personally, living here in Houston are more concerned for the immediate impact and just wanted to voice my dismay for people doing what they do best. Being insensitive and selfish when other people are suffering.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ender098

      Or we can just ignore the victims and play up the mentally diseased kids who do this and use their actions to punish responsible gun users! Yes, we're vocal about gun control...once they take the 2nd amendment, the rest have nothing to defend them!

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