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. Scott

    Sounds like a couple of gang bangers

    January 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. neoritter

    4 wounded people != mass shooting.

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

      Two guys with guns a bystander and someone having a heart attack isn't a mass anything...

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


    January 22, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dunlar

    CNN really put the "mess" in message boards. This thing is horrible.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steve Johnson

    I want to know how they got on campus carrying guns. Isn't there a no guns allowed sign posted. HaHa.....No, these are not hardened criminals, they are just students gone biserk because they are so self-absorbed and don't get their way and think life sucks and the world is out to get them. Grow up America.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dan

    Good one. I hope you get the pleasure of experiencing what it's like to beg for your life and wish you had a gun. Then maybe you'll understand.

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

      What an upstanding citizen.

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

      So funny. Your solution to gun violence is more guns. I assume your solution to a punch in the head is another punch in the head.

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

      So funny.. your solution is to make them illegal. How would that work? Please explain how that's going to work... I'm listening.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maxwell

      Obama does nothing about this but hand it off to congress.

      Ban colleges!!!! Its for the children.

      Why would we group so many people together in these times

      January 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. trex

    ........Ya KNOW what will FIX THIS.............................................................................................................MORE GUNZ...

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

      Sandy Hook...no guns...26 killed
      This shooting...multiple guns...3 injured.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • only think for yourself

      .. yes, what we need are less guns and more illegal aliens.. that'll solve all of our problems! CNN refuses to report 1. the school and neighborhood is minority influenced. 2. the shooter gang members we probably not enrolled since it was an English class.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John Mitchell


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

      it seems it already ended

      January 22, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mr. AR-15

    Sigh...Of COURSE he probably used an AR-15. Take em all away they'll say....

    January 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evguy2

      I think it was an AR-92 Bushmaster Assault Revolver with one of those dangerous Barrel Shroud things...

      January 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. grady

    welcome to 21st century America...one big OK Corral...

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

      Did you know in 1994 there was over 24,000 murders in this country! Now it is aroudn 14,000. It is getting worse....right?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gary

    Let me guess shooter(s) used AR-15.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Faux News Anchor

    This is all Obamas' fault.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Southerner01

    People without guns kill people too. Check out the article on CNN today on ritual killings in Cameroon. Piles of children, 18 in two weeks, mutilated and killed, using knives.

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

      18 deads with knives.... the southerners kill 18 in seconds..... that is called democracy.

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

      We are talking about USA, you are referencing Cameroon. You guys are just funny!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. raincheck@earthlink.net

    This is not 1776, and the British are not coming to take away our guns. Now we have a real, professional militia. As long as the interpretation of the second amendment is based on what was happening two hundred years ago, guns will fall in to the hands of people who want to do harm. And getting shot in the cross fire is exactly what happens when everyone carries a gun.

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

    So what does the NRA have to say about this shooting? More guns?

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