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. Johnny1010

    Pure genius remark!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Wally Wolf

    You would know they had schools from the intelligence shown around here, and whatever schools they do have, they are in the process of defunding in order to dumb down the population. I live in Texas (not originally from here) and I'm looking for a way out real quick!

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

      smart man
      get out while the gettin' is good

      January 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      I-35 north should square you away....

      January 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • danny

      Go to California that should be a good place for ya.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      You need gas money? I'd be glad to help.

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

      I'll gladly help you pack. California and New York are waiting anxiously for you.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny973

      Living in Texas sure takes a toll on one's grammar.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeanne

      I have family there–it's a different world. All guns and Jesus. "Pro life/pro guns. Doesn't make any sense to me.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vader

      Actually genius, the phrase is "You WOULD NOT know [not "You would know"] they had schools..."

      If you are determined to insult the intelligence of an entire state, make sure you aren't displaying your own ignorance.


      And good riddance to you.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rusty

      I have lived in Texas my whole life and I hope you find what you are looking for real quick.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Miami Cuban

    Terrible news, is this becoming the fashionable thing to do?. Something must be done to deal with this situation, I do not own any type of weapon nor do I plan to ever own one but guns don't kill people by themselves. Hopefully this will get resolved with no more senseless loses.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Will

    Come on, I want to hear the trailer park inbreds talk about how this one was a conspiracy too.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lobolynn

    Why don't we just have everyone strap on a 6 shooter and go back to the old West days when if someone looked cross-eyed at you – call them out!!!! I own 4 shotguns, a 38 police special, and a 243 – these right wing gun nuts, most with an IQ of 12 on a good day, need to get a clue about how dysfunctional they really are – "there coming to take my guns away, trlah, trlah – morons!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Red Dog


    January 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. thinquer

    Is a good ol' fashioned Texas shoot-out less awful than a mass murder? Why- because they are licensed gun carriers? Would that make it more ok?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Randy

    I believe that guns are allowed on colleges in Texas.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Wayne LaPierre

    Ha-Ha! More death, more paranoia, more money for me!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 88cool2beu

    paul another uninformed NRA hater-just another sick person,wanting attention,yet all want to blame gun control-worked in prisons and ones that are on meds.no longer are getting treatment once released,and in turn they are recommits-need to take long look at this and keep getting MEDS to those that need,this has to be addressed

    January 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Angieg

    Even if there was a Ban in place for weapons and ammo, do you really think criminals are going to comply with the rules. They are criminals, they don't give a damn about rules and regulations. Everything is under the table. People kill people whether its with a GUN, Knife, Car, Booze or Bare Hands. Stop blaming the weapons being used and start blaming the people committing the crimes. Tighten up on Sentencing, if they did the crime and its 100% guilty put them down just like the Pit Bulls that everyone hates.

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

      But none of these kids were criminals before they picked up a gun.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angieg

      So they shoot at each other in a School environment and you say they are not criminals? How did they get the weapons?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sick & Tired

      I'm not blaming guns. But seeing as how they don't have feelings, I really have no issue with banning them. And somehow, I don't think the guns care.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • buckybadger

      Such a tired argument. Yes organized crime syndicates will get their guns but they don't go around shooting up schools. It is bad for their business. Most of these guys don't have the resources to go get a gun on the black market. Also the social outcasts will just get robbed if they try.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Two Four

      Where do you think the criminals get the guns from? Do you actually study the statistics or just spout nonsense because you think it's everyone's right to own "super cool" guns. Criminals steal guns from "responsible" gun owners, and then turn them on the rest of the public. Don't be such a tool.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      How about removing all the speed limits from the roads/streets. Violators still violate them. Do you think no speed limits is a good idea?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      That's funny. As if there's absolutely no difference in the level of death and destruction that can be caused by someone coming at you with their bare hands or a knife as compared to a military-style assault weapon.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • luvlee615

      Plus you would have to wait until they kill alot of people so its pointless since the crime has to occure before puttin them down like dogs which they seem to do themselves.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • el_incr

      When they picked up the gun, they PROVED they were a criminal. You just couldn't see it.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Scott

    And probably 30 people died in shootouts yesterday, and 30 tomorrow, and 30 the next day. Seems like all the news is good for is identifying shootouts in places where people are supposed to be "safe". Turns out, they're just targets who can't fight back. The lack of guns doesn't make people safe, the lack of people who are willing to resort to violence is what makes people safe.

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

      If you live on an island with no guns, you are not going to get shot.

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

      They only report on shootings that happen to white people of privilege, otherwise apparently it is just criminals killing criminals, but somehow that is not racist, I don't understand the logic.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      True, Lack of guns dont make people safe, but lack of guns make people SAFER... The root of the problem is deeper than gun control, but for the meantime to control who buys and sells guns is a good start

      January 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really!

      No! So lets take your theory about more armed people in the theater shooting last year. Say multiple people in the theater were armed and began shooting. The amount of people shot would have been far greater than the 12 that were killed. Also arming more people will almost certainly escalate issues that would have not resulted in death, but do now. For instance, someone gets mad at someone else. Now, armed with a gun rather then say a fist, the other person will have a far greater chance of being shot instead of punched. Obviously, I don't always believe this would happened but I'm sure what would have been minor fights will now exponentially become shootouts.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    So 2 people were shot in the crossfire of two gang members shooting at each other......... not a new story, it happens in Chicago everyday with not this much publicity. Move on people.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Lots of other cities, too. Or are you trying to be sly about something?

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

      aren't college gangs called fraternities??

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


      January 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • zookeeper

      city of chicago is a city with open zoo concept... too many monkeys there... monkey see monkey do..

      January 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ZoeyKay

    I'm sure this is just another fake/lame liberal plot to take away your guns.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • dfnj2006

      Question: How many NRA members does it take to change a light bulb?

      Answer: More guns!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lauren

      I attend classes at LoneStar. I can assure you that this was not plot.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arizona gun owner

      that would seem like a pretty elaborate plan to take weapons away from people and exacly how is that going to happen?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Woody

    I have a gun permit and I am former Law Enforcement but I still cannot carry a gun in several places to protect you !

    January 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • dfnj2006

      You are the type of person I am most afraid of!

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

      Good for you on being a cop. It does suck that you being someone who could carry everywhere, no longer can. I am a former Marine with probably ten times the experience you may have had and I can't carry so i do not have to have police defend me. It sucks.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
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