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. Darryl

    Please stop the crazy.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Be kind to your gun

    Let's all get together and Pray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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


    January 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Commentaria

      Well are you aware that the shooting happening with guns !!!!! of was it with a handkerchief !!!!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Honest citizen

    Its only "talk" about gun restrictions and already things are escalating. When the Libs make it a reality, it will go crazy this time, much worse than the Clinton years.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      What about the conservatives that want stricter control? You counting them too?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. thomas


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

    You must mean the Obama administration, don't you?

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

    Guns dont kill people. Gun-free zones and nut cases who ignore said rules do.

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

    From 2014, Any one can have a Canon on their Car tops. Go NRA Go. I admire NRA for fighting on 2nd Ammendment rights

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

    What's all the fuss about? So someone died of a heart attack. It happens every day!

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

    so now your saying that this is fake??? show me proof that this is another drill. and why are people getting hurt

    January 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. More Guns, More Guns, More Guns.

    We need more guns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

    Gun-free zones fail again

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

    The NRA strikes again !!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Charlotte

    And possibly one of the saddest things is that this no longer comes as a surprise. Nor the ignorant, knee-jerk, mindless reaction of the gunwads who cling even tighter to their misunderstanding of the 2nd amendment.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blufftoni

      Or the misguided, brainwashed idiots who voice their idiotic opinions in exorcize of the first.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • belkins10

      "Those who use the sword will die by the sword" (Matthew 26:52 NLT). The same can be said for any other weapon.
      in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! (2 Timothy 3:1-5 NLT)

      January 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John Mitchell

    Since 2008 Harold Texas has had ARMED TEACHERS and ZERO CRIME!
    Why must our children play second fiddle to those in Texas?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • 'Bama

      No crime you say? Hmm... that's interesting because that's not what the CRI says (for Harold, TX 76364), yes it's low but there IS crime.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Jones

      John is exactly right, they have no crime in Harolod at all by locals !! The only crimes there have been by transient "obamas" going from Dallas, where they have way too many "obamas", to Denver, another high concentration of "obamas"

      January 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • only think for yourself

      .. here's hoping "REAL MURCAN" gets back to his welfare office before 4pm. Otherwise, they'll want his laptop back.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
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