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. john

    Adam Lanza used PISTOLS only in the Sandy Hook shooting. New video shows the assault rifle being taken from Adam Lanza's trunk. Maybe we should look into the mental health issues of this pill popping country if we really want to stop these massacres.

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

      In addition to gun control – mental health yes!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred M.

      Fine, then let's repeal the 2nd Amendment and get rid of private gun ownership. And if that makes you scared that there will by some kind of tyrannical government taking over the U.S., then move to another country with your fellow cowards.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Root

    The problem is obvious. Christianity. If the nation were Buddhist, then this wouldn't be an issue.

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

    One of these guys could be a hero, for all we know. Maybe one of the gunmen would have done alot more damage if the other one hadn't stopped him.

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

    We know you wish it was still 1856, but, its not. Guns have little purpose in most American lives these days. American policies will eventually change to reflect this. sorry.

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

    Sounds like a gun free zone. Where else do you try to shoot multiple people. And, did I hear that there was a tactical revolver involved in the confrontation.

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

      uhmm.. that school has armed guards

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

    Killers will kill. Might as well let the innocent defend themselves.

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

    But..but.. The NRA and gun lovers #1 solution is active on that campus... they have their own Police Dept.. armed guards........ most of the sate is armed.. how could this be?

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

    shooting have been going on for decades people, criminals aren't going to give up their guns so neither should law biding citizens, america need beter mental health but really it comes down to parenting, we as parents need to tell our kids that this type of behavior is wrong, we need to better discipline our kids so the grow up with a conscience, morals!

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

      no one is asking for your guns.. the 2nd is not going anywhere.,....there is a need for more gun control.. law abiding citizens should have NO problem with that or to fulfill the requirements needed to obtain a gun legally.

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

      Finally someone who makes some sense out of mess. Some years ago I was almost kidnapped on my way home from
      a college night class. I lived on a lake that wasn't really developed a lot then. A car came up very fast on my bumper and bumped me a couple times. I slowed down a little, maybe 45, and started in a large curve just before my drive. Then the car came along beside me, two aweful looking guys, and started to push me off the road. I held my stand, reached down under my seat and pulled out a Police Special 38 and just pointed it at them thru my window. Never saw anyone put the gas petal down so fast. No doubt in my mind what they had planned for me.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hitman

    Obama, i'll bet assault rifles were not used. Heh,heh!

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

    NRA member; you seem so excited. freak.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Slappy Waffles

    Guns don't kill people. Stupid people given easy access to guns thanks to soulless organizations that make money off people buying guns and pass off gun ownership as "patriotic" and "manly" do.

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

      The gun tends to help.

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

      try a mass killing in a dark theater with a box of sno caps.. tell me how that works for you.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. abtr25

    why schools...why. so many innocent lives.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jack

    Seems like guns didn't exactly help this situation

    January 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Wen

    You American's need to get over this "every man for himself" mentality. Spend sometime raising and loving your kids instead of teaching them to defend themselves with firearms. Maybe then you would have confident members of society that don't feel the need to go out and shoot others.

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

      How was that working out for Europe before the US stepped in to stop Hitler?

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

      if u think the u.s. were the sole force or even the major force who "stepped in" to stop hitler, u have a rather limited understanding of what happened militarily in ww2. the soviets and hitler's overreach were the prime factors, not to say that the u.s. involvement was not important, but we came late, threw our weight to turn the tide after a great deal of fighting and death had happened. it was more our material support and our factories and the sacrifices of polish underground, french resistance fighters and the aforementioned soviets who combined with us to overcome a very fine military machine that was the german military,

      January 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. southern style

    you idiots who dont believe in the 2nd. Pack your pansy a** up and move to Canada or even better to YOUR savior Obamas home land in Africa!

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

      last time I checked.. Obama was born in Hawaii you racist dunce

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

      Inbred redneck says what?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
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