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. USVET

    In other news this afternoon...a Dallas Police officer had an AR-15 stolen out of his car along with about 100 rounds of ammo. Being a law enforcement officer, it is assumed he was a responsible gun owner. If the cops are trusted with guns and can have them stolen, then what hope can there be in gun bans that only affect lawful citizens?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    Maybe home schooling is sounding better to some?

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

      a home schooler just killed his parents and three siblings in my home town

      January 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Big_D

    A bigger clip would have helped?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. NonBeliever

    Yeehaw! Cowboys in the Gunspoint Area don't wear 10 Gallon Hats, they wear Hoodies.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Student From Newtown

    I offer my condolences to the victims. Hopefully, the so-called "Truthers" won't try to call this a hoax too.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. student32

    more fake interviews...

    January 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Student From Newtown

      Let me guess. You think Sandy Hook was a hoax, don't you?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill McFakeName

    See, if only there was some one else there with a gun to stop this madman. W

    hat? It was between two people with guns? Oh.

    Well then, if only there was in a gun-friendly state where people are encouraged to have guns.

    What? Texas? Oh.

    Um...this is the liberal media's fault.

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

      You've got the NRA-fanatic-conservatives down pat.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Wally Wolf

    All we need know is someone to come up behind you and say, "Boo." You'll kill 20 people before you even turn around.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Danielle

    My sympathy for the victims. As for the gun law argument, we have strict gun laws in Canada, the USA has had more school shootings in 1 year then in Canada's history. Get rid of the guns! Anyone who disagrees in ignorant. I think most intelligent Americans agree, things need to change in your country.

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


      January 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • dannylee885

      "Anyone who disagrees is ignorant." Thanks for the high level of debate, Danielle. Looks like the gunmen, as usual, failed to follow the standard "gun-free zone" signs on campus. Maybe if they make the signs bigger?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • irunner

      Danielle, you've got my vote!

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

      Your simpleton approach to the problem is scary. You assume there is no social problems that is behind this and that my friend is why you are wrong.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve s

      I dont know what we need most. More intelligence or fewer guns.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • SamB19

      voice of reason.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • SamB19

      steve s, those two things are strongly correlated!
      intelligence (civilized society) = fewer guns.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. irunner

    Let me guess! They both had concealed weapons permits and both were "standing their ground". Ah, Texas!!!!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • bp5232625

      Ah America!!! In the spirit of The Wild West, who needs gun controls...what a bunch of malarkey.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. KJak

    And just yesterday I saw a poster on FB that was supposedly released by the TX Gov's office. The poster said, Keep Your Guns and Bring Em to Texas. So... all you gun crazy cowboys: the motherland is calling you home. Pack yer saddlebags and head to Texas!

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

      That was our AG. Yessiree. We need more people with guns here.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. student32

    good good bush, we love you america we love you!!

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

    No, more laws are the answer. This school clearly didn't have a sign telling people not to shoot students.

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

    Is it true you can buy bazookas in Texas Walmarts?

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

    At least they didn't use arrows. It would suck to get arrowed.

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