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. richard benson

    it is very unfortunate that this country is polluted with mentally derranged people that procure firearms or knives and rec havoc on society,it is fortunate that cwp are available for law abiding citizens in many states,it is sad when someone perishes,but when a violent act needs to be eliminated then the bad guy takes the fall.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Daniel MsDonald

    We need to leave the crazies where they belong-locked up in a padded cell someplace!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Self Med

    A last gun nut standing incident with collateral damage. It's good to see some variation on just wiping out as many as possible.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve

    So two people get in an argument, shoot at each other, injuring bystanders. One gets arrested and the other gets away. If it happened anywhere but a college campus this wouldn't be front page on CNN.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 2ashallnotbeinfringed

    i like pie

    January 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomnikoly

      Your precious 2nd Amendment won't be infringed, but don't think for a minute that it can't be changed.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Woody

    Thank your government for not letting law abiding people defend you !

    January 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. smacknfact

    Another staged shooting by the obammie admin to lock down guns. Good try I can’t wait till they try to round them all up the true American people will not stand for it. It is the ones that like to get rolled out and walked on like carpet, that would be a dem. that thinks all these are real even tho they were at the secret dem. meeting planning all of this. Give it a rest three accidental shootings at three different gun shows, lol nice try as i said democrats.. We have a POS government, and president, Biden can fall up into space he’s a joke.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dopey Dan

    OK lets start slamming those evil guns before anybody knows the details of what happened. The media does not report the numerous stories where armed decent people shot a robber, stoped a potential rapist. Start posting those stories.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • kittenlemew

      Dopey indeed, Dan.

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

      You first.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • 111Dave111

      you seem to know: "Dopey Dan-.. the numerous stories where armed decent people shot a robber, stoped a potential rapist.", post what you know: for each story, who, what, when, where, why and Source. Other wise it seems like you are making it up.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Killer Diller Miller

      Well if everyone had a gun in Texass then when these two knuckleheads started a shootin all the responsible guys woulda started shootin then probley the other irresposible guys would a started shootin the responsible guys then everbody would a started shootin then it woulda been one heckava shoot out in Texass but bye and bye it would all work out lessen only the irresponsible felelrs was left so who knows.

      Great argument Dopey

      January 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Obviously

    Pity there weren't hundreds of concealed weapon permit holders there to randomly shoot at anyone they saw with a gun. That would have turned the whole situation into a circular firing squad and made a real bloodbath. Phew, the gun lovers and gonna make us all victims sooner or later.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      As a responsible concealed carry holder, I would not have taken the shot. Why? Too much of a risk for collateral damage and you don't know who the actual shooter is.

      Not all of us are people with hair triggers, you know. That's like saying all black people rob 7-11s. The actions of a few cast a shadow on the silent majority.

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

      Fortunately, gun owners have a little more sense than the average liberal.

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

      Yeah, because studies show that happens all the time.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obviously

      Josh...you described it perfectly for every situation where there are armed citizens in a chaotic situation. You don't know the shooter and too much chance for collateral damage. That is why carrying is foolish and dangerous. However plenty people, less responsible than you, will decide to be Rambo making everyone less safe. So where's the win in carrying? It's time to let the adults handle things and start restricting this.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • eric

      Well studies show that most gun violence is in heavily democratic voter region. So lets just ban democrats from owning guns and we'll fix the problem.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Polymathicguy

    Another "Gun Free Zone" – how is that working for y'all?

    II.F.1.05 Prohibition of Concealed Weapons
    Unless otherwise allowed by state law, the System may prohibit persons who are licensed to carry a concealed handgun from carrying a concealed weapon onto its premises.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • PeteGram

      lol- Gun free zone, when outside the building there are a million rednecks packing heat. That's not gun-free, bro.

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

      Both parties had a gun. So.. legal or not, they still both had a gun, therefore argument is invalid.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. The Second Amendment


    January 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • kckaaos

      I will, I will...and I do. Thank God there was someone there to return fire. Just imagine if there had been someone at Sandy Hook to return fire.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Violet

      I think it's ok to own a gun, but why should I vote Republican?

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

    Didn't know dodging bullets was as easy as avoiding second hand smoke.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dominique


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

    Anti gun Americans need to not give there 2 cent just Stacy select because your letting others know you don't have a gun

    January 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. surf for sun

    NRA official statement: Armed guards in every college classroom and dormitory is the only solution to this senseless violence...

    January 22, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • kckaaos

      Obama signed 23 executive orders that mostly support the NRA's stance...including "resource officers"

      January 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • eric

      Government official statement: Make government bigger to monitor gun policies because we don't currently do it and then begin passage of a bill that will remove guns from anyone but government officials.

      Remember to take photo op with children.

      Worked for HItler.

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