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. Freddie

    This is becoming the norm. We have some serious issues to deal with. Its only goin to get worse. No good reason.to say otherwise!.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Another shooting in a gun free zone!!! Criminals don't obey laws or regulations yet some still want to blame these events on guns.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • R.U. Kidding

      Why are guns the weapon of choice in mass killings?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • tnfreethinker

      Another obvious reason for strict gun control.

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

      But...guns ARE allowed on Texas campuses....

      January 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      Truth. Make them all illegal or do nothing, because half measures accomplish jack squat.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spencer

      universities are not a gun free zone in Texas, people can carry on campus now.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • arondaddy

      Crazy people don't give a crap if the zone is gun free or not! These people have mental illness - that's the issue. Everyone needs to stop focusing all their debates on guns vs. no guns. They are mentally ill - that's what needs to be fixed. However, not even the NRA will touch the mental illness issue. But we don't need the NRA to accomplish that.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      Oh how I agree with you. This gun control BS is really starting to plunk my nerves. It will not stop criminals from getting weapons to commit crimes. I wish the people could see gun control is not going to fix the problem. I wish I knew the answer.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      RU, they aren't always the weapon of choice. Timothy Mcveigh used fertilizer, and Mohammad Atta used airplanes. Shoud be ban feritlizer and airplanes?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      Criminals break lots of laws; that's what makes them criminals. Does that mean we shouldn't have any laws at all? Do you think we shouldn't have murder laws because some people still commit murder?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JC

    Ohh.. another gun-free zone school shooting. Those crazies sure do have issues reading signs and following laws. Must be that evil looking black rifle telling him to do it.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • wonderful world of weapons

      Those crazys have access to guns, and that is stupid. Paranoid people buy weapons and that is the problem.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • TC

      It's not a gun-free zone you idiot. They are allowed to carry on campus now.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sarah Connor

    We're getting one of these at least once a week. Sometimes two now.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Patrick

    Praying has NEVER changed ANYTHING. ACTION does. And right now, we need action to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally unstable, and to provide health care services to those who need it so this kind of thing doesn't have to keep happening. But Texas is a low-tax low-services state, and that is just how Rick Perry likes it.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth

      stop the Mentally Unstable people? You won't know someone is mentally unstable until they commit the mass murder. After they commit the murder, then there will be a check box next to their name for mentally unstable, but by then it's too late. Stricter gun control is needed or else we become uncivilized and live in paranoia and stress.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth

      Also it's not a good idea to categorized them as "mentally unstable" because they would avoid prosecution. Mass murderers deserve death sentences, not living in a crazy hospital with 3 meals a day and a 24 hr gym.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      Praying doesn't change anything for you because you don't do it. I've seen prayer change lives and bring miracles. I also think that if a person is prayerful he/she has a greater change to have high moral standards. Good morals will change behavior faster than any law will.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. GIUK

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he wants guns in school. How's that working for you Texas?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • SuperDave

      What is interesting is Columbine and Va Tech both had armed security guards. So gun totin' guards did not work.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • VT student

      Absolutely not true. I was a student at Virginia Tech during the April 16 tragedy and we did not have armed guards walking around our campus or inside Norris Hall during the shootings.

      Know your facts.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Ha ha, Super Dave. Didn't expect that somebody would respond who actually when what they were talking about, did you? Good for you, VT Student.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • stopthemadness

      Virginia Tech had it's own police department you simpleton. They sure did have armed security. If you were a student you would not have just tried to lie on a public forum about them not having armed security.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Another VT Student

      We didn't have armed guards in every building. The VT Police Department acts as every other police department. A small force over a large area. The only time I've seen officers go into the buildings is if there was just cause. Otherwise they are ticketing speeders, etc. So no, there were no armed guards in Norris Hall until after the shooting began. Most of them were in Ambler-Johnstone securing/investigating where the first shooting was located and the possibly suspects.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • VT student

      stopthemaddness Police officers do not serve as armed guards. They were not on the 4th floor of West AJ while we slept on April 15th and they were not in Norris Hall greeting students as they entered the building for class on the morning of April 16th, simpleton.

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

      So, VT students, do you think there should be an armed guard in every classroom or what?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Learn Something

      Right... have you seen any laws passed in Texas that allow that yet? Lets be smart, and not go off the MEDIAAAAAA. Don't post unless you know what you are talking about. Also don't post if CNN is you number one place for news.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Don't pray

    It seems praying hasn't helped at all. Don't pray about getting these people they help they need. It's about time everyone stops using the "pray" cop out and finally step up to the plate and actally DO something about it.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • GIUK

      Maybe they should pray Texans get a clue?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SuperDave

    I think the answer is....MORE GUNS!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I think VT Student proved you don't know what you're talking about, friend.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    Well, from the NRA's perspective this is good. Their products work very well for what they were designed specifically to do.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Omar

    Guns ain't da problem people is a gun dont shoot on its own it takes someone to pull da trigger. You never know it could be an agent r former military dat went crazy. Like da movie wag the dog they use a diversion to draw ya attention to whats really going on.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Woodrow


      January 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Will

    Still waiting on that "good guy with a gun" to save the day.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Happens all the time. Oregon mall, CCW that tackled Gifford's shooter, off duty cop that stopped the movie shooting, etc.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      they dont have them. it is illegal to carry on campus duh! So the outlawing of guns is not working. I am still waiting for the evidence that gun control works. Cause the only 20+ yr tests (Chicago and Wash DC) failed. The murder capitals of US outlawed guns.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • moho

      Hey Will, the good guy with a gun is reading the sign and left his gun at the door, like all law abiding citizens do.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Seems he's always late to the party.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      When it is legal to carry in schools....

      January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • idiophobia

      sadly it will never happen because the good guys follow the law and it said "no guns on school grounds"

      January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Frank

    This is getting old. I'm hungry.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Webby

    But you can run away from crazed man with a knife . . . . . you can't run away from a gun being fired.

    Sure, people kill people but it's HOW they kill them that is important. The more the efficient the killing tool, the more it should be banned.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Cars kill a hell of a lot more people than guns. By that logic we should ban automobiles.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan

      but that is a handgun or AR-15. so outlawing guns does not work. pull a gun on me, i pull mine. game over. I might go down but 30 others wont. lets give up the right to go outto eat because it makes us fat. lets give up all our rights so we can feel safe. doesnt work!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • kiss kiss, bang bang

      So, Joe, are you saying that, if I put a "No Cars in my Living Room" sign up, criminals with cars will crash into my living room? And, by the way, THERE ARE LAWS ABOUT WHERE YOU CAN DRIVE A CAR ...

      January 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      A gun kills people like a pen makes mistakes.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      Cars also serve a purpose beyond killing, and there are also strict laws about car use. There's a test to be allowed to drive a car, but no such test to allow someone to buy a gun. There are car-free zones just like gun-free zones... They're called "anywhere there isn't a road," and just because sometimes criminals drive off the roads doesn't mean that anybody should be allowed to.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. julie

    and the NRA thinks guns are the Coolest no they don't its the MONEY MONEY MONEY

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

    The reason criminals target schools, theatres, etc is because they are "gun-free zones". What criminal would target a "gun-filled zone"?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |

      So what you are saying is a deranged idiot like yourself actualy thinks about where he is going to target and as you in your mentally deficient thinking are looking for a soft target where you could kill the most people without being shot. You are an unbelievable moron as most mass killers do not care if they are shot as many take their own lives and would love to go out in a blaze of glory in a gun battle with another person. I hope you continue taking you meds before the evil voices in your head tell you to kill.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      Clearly the criminals involved in the shooting today didn't care, because college campuses in Texas are not "gun-free zones..."

      January 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
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