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. 2ashallnotbeinfringed

    anyone know if anyone out there has any lowers or AR15's in stock? Obama's stimulating the economy and I can't find any

    January 22, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wow!!!

    I think its time that maybe the US should put a ban on all weapons and stop selling them. This is very sad that this keeps happening.

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

      This is very convenient that this keeps happening...

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

      convient in what way?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Abramsgunner

    This does not sound like a "school shooting" like Sandy Hook... this is shaping up to be your run-of-the-mill gunfight that just happened to take place at a school. Happens every day, all over the world. You will not end violence. You will not end evil. You might be able to change the flavor a bit, but anything can be used as a weapon. If you somehow removed all the firearms on earth.. people would still die at the hands of others. A gun does not kill people, or defend people... it is simply a tool to focus and project force. If used as an offensive tool, it gives you an advantage to subject your will on someone under threat of destruction; if used as a defensive tool it puts you on equal terms with someone that intends to do you harm by threat of destruction... you still may get hurt, but so may your attacker. I'll take my chances and stand behind the 2nd Amendment.

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

      Dude- you sound like a crazy person. Do you know that? Seriously- C.R.A.Z.Y.

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

      SHHHHHHH...you are squelching the anti-gun rhetoric. -obama-

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

    That is how the business is, parasitical.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. C Heston

    I would like to point out that I see several law enforcement officers in the video toting AR-15's with what I presume are 30-round magazines. Why do they need these weapons of mass destruction for a single shooter? Wouldn't it be better if they at least had 10-round magazines? Why does anyone, including trained police officers, need high capacity "clips" to kill a deer...I mean, a criminal?

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

      I agree, they should use a more balanced approach..it isn't fair to outgun the perp.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scuromondo

    Per the NRA, this must be due to an on-campus gun deficiency: The only way to beat a bad student with a gun, is a good student with a gun.

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

    Yup. Fish in a barrel.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gregory Faith

    Brilliant criminals – From the images of the scene, who is out protecting the masses. Now that all those law enforcement officers are off their beats, just how much more crime was committed in that town? Please tell me they were all sitting around waiting for something like this to happen. Because right after they were all pulled to respond to this, I'd be cleaning out all the pawn shops, pharmacies, homes, etc with my gang member buddies. That is, if I was a criminal who masterminded this. Of course that is not happening there since Texans don't have gangs.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Zena

    That is it – homeschooling is looking better every day.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jai

    Schools appear to be the most unsafe place on earth now.

    dont let public buy arms without a license – why would a citizen need arms to protect themselves from fellow citizens ?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eye4Eye

      ??? Sure...Why would a fellow citizen ever dream of attacking another fellow citizen !

      January 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GunsAreLikePuppies

    GUNS DON'T HURT PEOPLE, PEOPLE HURT PEOPLE!!! If these two idiots didn't have guns they would have just used different weapons, like fists, swinging backpacks, or even water balloons. Bystanders still would have been likely injured, I mean a water balloon has a much larger blast radius than a bullet. We should actually be glad guns were used, it could have been so much worse!

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

      Wrong. Your logic assumes that everyone who wants to kill a bunch of people in public has access to a gun. Everyone has access to machetes so why are there not more mass murders using machetes?? Why are there NO mass murders using machetes?

      You can't answer that because you have NO IDEA, you are just making sht up.

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

      Did you really just compare water balloons to bullets? Are you related to the Wicked Witch of the West or something?

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

    Never heard that one before.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Eye4Eye

    What ? ! Didn't this guy know it what a gun free zone ! Where did his common sense go? The nerve of him !

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

    What do we need now NRA??? Do we need an armed guard for every gun owner? For every cop? Classroom? Bus? Train? Conference room? Who is going to pay the billions and billions of dollars for all these armed guards?

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

      says the girl who just posted on here....

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

      Lol i agree with you cyclingisgreat!!!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
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