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. Who Cares

    2 people shooting, 10,000 people at campus, and only a couple people hurt and not seriously? And this is a big deal why? I could've done more damage with a rake.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Student From Newtown

      When someone shoots you on your/public property, and you're "only" injured, then maybe you can talk.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill McFakeName

    Obviously this means we need more guns.

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

    Guns! Guns! Guns!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. creative36

    Is it going to get the point of school shootings everyday before conservatives admit we need to ban guns?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mrs.T

      That shoud work. While we're at it lets ban cocaine and meth too...that should get it off our streets and away from our children.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. HoHummmm...

    This story will be buried by the end of the day when the full details come out and it's found to be gang violence. It won't fit the message or the intended target for Obama's gun pogroms.

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

      This will always be a story because college campuses have more police than a donut shop having a free giveaway, and thus are considered the last safe haven before going out into the Real World.

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

      Yeah this sounds more like a shooting at a school rather than a school shooting. From what they have in this article, I'm betting two people, some altercation (maybe gang related idk), they shot at each other with pistols.

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

      Really? I'm not sure about TX, but up here in NY, there are no campus police at community college's and very few SUNY Police at larger schools. I guarantee that the gunman/gunmen's illegally obtained and carried their gun. This is a shining example of how more gun control laws won't work and enforcing the current laws will. The laws that our NY Governor just passed and the ones that Obama wants to, doesn't do a thing to address inner-city gun violence, the violent gun recidivists walking around, the proliferation of black market guns, and the fact that someone hell-bent on violent acts doesn't care about the consequences of violating these laws since they're – a. on a suicide mission or b. do minimal time in jail if they do time at all.

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

    Propaganda!! Garbage!!

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

    was it high noon when the shooting started?

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

    How about people WITHOUT guns?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dave

    But, but, but, Barack signed 23 Executive Orders...what is going on? Don't these people give a da... about the Executive Orders given by the president? They were supposed to fix gun violence...

    January 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Another Tom

      Apparently YOU give a damn, and for all the wrong reasons.

      January 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Hilman

      Somebody is not cooperating. Perhaps if we pass anti-not-cooperating legislation. We could try, couldn't we? If it saves one life...

      January 22, 2013 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mike hunt

    for all we know these two gunmen were one trying to pull a mass shooting and someone with a CCP stopping it.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • that guy

      If more guns make people safer, than America would be one of the safest countries in the world.

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

    Having something to hide has nothing whatsoever to do with gun ownership. People do have a valid right to own guns for self defense, hunting, and sport shooting. And I say that as a strong liberal.
    We do certainly have a gun problem in the USA, but the solution – if one can even be found – will involve a great deal more than merely tightening or loosening gun laws. Which brings us to the other problem, which is getting Americans to sit down and have a rational conversation about the issue.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kramer

    Someone ask the NRA what we should do when there's two bad guys with guns.

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

      Hmmm...I bet they say, 'get more guns'.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moose33

      Easy, get two good guys with guns.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BarS

    I love how the NRA's solution to the recent school shootings is to put armed guards at every school and arm the teachers. This case is the epitome of what will take place when we start arming everyone. MORE PEOPLE WILL GET SHOT IN THE CROSSFIRE! Do you really think that everyone with a gun has perfect aim? Picture what would have happened in the Aurora shooting if everybody pulled out a weapon in the dark and attempted to take down the shooter.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • isis1moon

      indeed. that is exactly what will happen and then throw some police officers who just see people wielding weapons and have no idea who the "shooter" is.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Happy world

    Just another couple of citizens exercising their 2nd amendment rights. Nothing to see here

    January 22, 2013 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. reason

    You gun nuts better hoard your guns now – time is running out. the more shootings, the more the public will change this land from what its been. You are a dying breed that cant see the long term picture – the world your kids, and there kids and there kids will live in.

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