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. Hard Drive

    I wonder what type of assault rifle they each had. I wonder how they concealed them to get them on campus. Oh let me guess, it wasn't a rifles used. It usually isn't. It just the liberal idiots acted like the puppets they are. What ever the muslim want's that is what we want. If you look at the stats on the FBI website it shows that between 2007-2011 how many murders were comitted. Each year is broken down individually and by what type of weapon. On average about 80% are comitted used firearms each year. Of that 80% about 1.5 – 3% are comitted using a rifle. That means that about 97% are comitted used hand guns, but we are banning rifles. Go figure. And you wonder why this country is so screwed up. Its that kind of thinking making all the decisions in Washington. If you don't believe me, go look at the stats yourself. The link to the FBI page is http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-8.

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

      You do realize in those same stats that those rifles are used in less than 1% of the crimes but account for 3% of the fatalities which would lead one to conclude that they are more lethal than handguns.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      By "the muslim," you are apparently referring to Obama. Your complete ignorance makes it hard to take anything you wrote seriously, even those parts that are factually correct. So grow up or stay out of the discussion.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • LL Cool Jim

      Ok, let's ban handguns. Thanks for the facts.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Floppy Drive

      These stats mean nothing. People mean something. They're trying to ban ASSAULT rifles (not your .22) so that ONE person can't walk into a school, theater, or shopping mall, and singlehandedly take out everyone in it. Keep your hand guns! Keep all your guns! But I don't think you'll need an AR-15 to stop the one idiot breaking into your house, or to kill that deer that dared eat your berries. But if your misplaced animosity makes you feel better, go for it. Maybe it works for you. I'll stay floppy.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Daniel M

    I love how this is getting more live coverage than the Newton shooting ? If that really even took place in Newtown,CT
    Besides what the rest of the post are saying if this is a gang related shooting it doesn't matter what the law is because they are not going to abide by it..

    January 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dunlar

    It's time for media hysteria!!!

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

      Yeah it is!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JLS1950

    "And more officers would not have prevented this as there are several ARMED officers on campus at all times. It didn't help" (Patrick Faulkner, campus habitue, posted here January 22, 2013 at 3:16 pm)
    Well, no, but more armed students SURELY.... could have made this into Gunfight At the O.K. Corral!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. More Guns, More Guns, More Guns.

    I am praying, still praying with my guns locked and loaded.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. wayne

    Obama voters going wild in the library!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Keel Hauler

    (yawn) We need the flying police car from "Blade runner", the one that has a loud electronic voice for crowd control: "Move on, move on, move on...."

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

    If CNN loves gun murders so much they should write more stories about Chicago and how its gun laws have had such a positive effect on their murder rate which is higher than Iraq.

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

      So unless gun related violence occurs in Chicago, it cannot be commented on? Or if it IS commented on, there must be a cooresonding Chicago gun story to balance things out.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • only think for yourself

      ... couldn't agree with you more, "truth"!! RAHM EMMANUEL is such a wonderful mayor, ain't he??? He's revived Chicago to where there are only 15 murders a day! He's our 2nd savior after Obamasama! I'm so proud of him.. his gun laws work, don't they?? He's my hero!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. alumette

    These situations are now epidemic ! Insanity is creeping in.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Valerie

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawww!!!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. More Guns, More Guns, More Guns.

    We do not need more gun control, we need a gun with control.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Shawn

    This is the only shootings spree in quite some time to happen in a State that does not have strict gun control. Looks like I have better chance of not getting shot in Texas than Illinois, NY, or other anti-gun states.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bribarian

    More Obama False Flags are coming, anything to disarm America.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • only think for yourself

      couldn't agree more! But first, a word from our sponsors, comrades.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keel Hauler


      January 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShawnDH

      Yawn. Nobody is interested in your cowardly, bed-wetting hysteria. Why don't you highlight a single Obama initiative or proposal on gun control that in any way takes away your right to legally buy and own a gun?

      You can't, because it's all, 100% in your deranged, paranoid mind. We're moving forward with common sense gun control. Don't like it? Too bad.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canuck

      Is your country always at war? yessss the love of guns , more guns?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • roy

      What does this unfortunate shooting incident have to do with Obama????? How does this incident have anything to do with disarming America please explain!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unca Stumpy

      What does that even mean?

      These people haven't been disarmed at all. In case you missed it, they shot at each other. With guns.

      I know. It's wonderful. The more violence, the better, right?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Anarchist

      "We're moving forward with common sense gun control. Don't like it? Too bad."
      common sense tells me you have never seen a civil war. It won't be long and you can join the next one lets just hope your on a side that has guns there barry baby

      January 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • MakeThemEatCake

      Anarchist, are you actually advocating a civil war in this country? You are sounding like psyho in stripes who said, "... I finally get to shoot somebody"

      January 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ll

    More crazy gunnutz on the loose...

    I've said it many times before...we have a mental illness epidemic going on in this country, folks, and unfortunately many of them are armed.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • only think for yourself

      ... you got that right! how else can you explain all the nutjobs who voted for Obamasama?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      Don't worry, we'll just give everyone in the country a magical Responsible Gun Owner test that can determine if they are a Good or Bad person and this will be paid for by farts and unicorns. Says the NRA.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • only think for yourself

      ... and, Daryl... since you already believe everything your government tells you, once they take your gun, your ability to right for freedom is with what then?? moron sheep. are you that weak that you need the Gov to control your life??

      January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Other Bob

      @only think for yourself: I see the NRA does your thinking for you. Or maybe you're just paranoid by nature.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • LL Cool Jim

      Only think for yourself,
      You really think by arming yourself the government if they want can't come and get you? If the government wants to disbatch its army and the military brass obey the order you really think your guns now matter how arm you are can stop the military? Lol. You gun lovers claming if the government take your guns then there will be anarchy and the government can take your freedom. Oh please. Arm yourself all the AR-15 you want w/ 1,000 rounds, it will do you no good if the government really wants to come for you.

      Stop this craziness, you're almost looking like the crazies that thinks Bush did 9/11.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • MakeThemEatCake

      @only.. Tell me, honestly, if the guns in your possession disappeared tomorrow, what would be different about your life? What do you truly believe will happen to you? What was our society, not government but society, like BEFORE President Obama got elected? People have been talking on restricting (NOT eliminating, restricting) the types of weapons a private citizen can purchase/possess for YEARS now and there have been no serious restrictions put in place yet gun related deaths continue to rise.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ross

    Just another day in America.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
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