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. Ron McCain

    How the stupid morons at the NRA can just look away. While they are not the ones pulling the trigger, their childish love of guns "instills" this type of behavior. The NRA makes gun ownership seem "cool" and the thing to do. But in reality, they are pushing their agenda on only 4 million people or so. They should not be allowed to dictate what the other 300 million want. Look at the NRA members who attended the rallies at the state capitol buildings this week. They all look the same! Fat white guys, with no teeth and long greasy hair. Same for the women...these are not credible people but the type of trailer trash that you would not want to live next to. I have yet to see an NRA member who looked normal, spoke sanely and was reasonable. They are all offshoots of that Neanderthal actor Charlton Heston. The NRA days are numbered, the vast majority of the country will just rear up and smash these children who never grew up.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. surf for sun

    Guns don't kill children. Children with guns kill children...

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

    Thanks for giving us "The non criminals" the right to get a gun permit , but then limit us to where we can carry them !

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

      You are only a non-criminal until you inevitably break the law. Like the cop who killed his family. He was a non-criminal, well trained to use his firearm and he shot his wife and son and then himself. If there was another gun on campus there would be more than two bystanders wounded. Stop being so bullheaded and open your eyes. Guns are a serious threat to our society.

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

    I've never been so happy that a few people got shot at a school. Compared to 30 deaths like I now expect when I see shooting in a headline, that is a "good day at school"

    January 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Red Dog

    So, a couple of Texans have a shoot out and a couple of innocent bystanders get wounded. Yep, sounds like Texas to me.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mork

    Yeeeeehaw Cowboy showdown in the streets at dawn!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. student32

    wow, this is so set up...

    January 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Miguel

    My cousin attends that same campus in north Houston , it scares me that even in our colleges there is still that present danger even in the light of the sandy hook tragedy , School shootings are shocking because they are supposed to be safe haven and it is time to have an honest discussion about gun rights. there are some people who do not need guns

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

      This was a "gun free" zone, so technically no one there was supposed to have a "right" to a gun.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Yeeks Ya'all

    Okay, am I ready for school? Lessess- books, pen, laptop ... oh yeah, kevlar vest.

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

      Vest are actually illegal to wear...which makes you wonder why/

      January 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bankrupt 1

    Is it gangy stuff that used to be in junior high / high schools that is making it to colleges now?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lmg

    I know this area (Greenspoint).. NEVER STOP THERE...lots of gang activity! Seems 2 men got into argument and starting shooting at each other. Witnesses on local news are saying they saw this happen!

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

      Yes past veterans memorial by Aldine its a little shady .

      January 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. martiniano

    Why have a gun if y'aint gonna shoot sumpin?? Hell, I got this thing I need to see if it gon' work. I'm a shoot someone in the mouth first thing tomorrow.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kckaaos

    Yep, before guns, man lived forever.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Wally Wolf

    It's getting to the point where it's a wasted day without a good gun fight.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sal

    The problem is the guns regardless of what all you gun freaks say! It's the guns that are killing people or don't you idiots understand that. 

    January 22, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs.T

      yea...just like a fat person blames the fork for being fat!

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

      Yes, but the rest of Americans will need another 500 years to realize this!

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

      I could list multiple ways that a person could commit homicide without a gun but the reality would escape the irrational mindless masses blaming guns.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blufftoni

      Last year over 35,000 people died from overdoes of illegal narcotics. Far more than that of legal firearms.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southerner01

      If it is the guns, how do you explain the 300 million guns who aren't killing anyone? Are they defective?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
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