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. only think for yourself

    ... MJ.. stop thinking for yourself! That's, well, that's completely un-American now! Become a Socialist, be like US, don't be a hater of control.. the Government is here to help you! to give you all of your answers in life. That's it, good boy, lay down your guns.. come with us.. come with us!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JH

    Couldn't happen in a better place. We should send all these gun nuts to Texas and let them shoot it out.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • NCP

      This should never happen anywhere. There is no 'correct place'. Saying something like this is ignorant and disrespectful.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tribbs

      Good lord, please don't. I have to live here.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tribbs

      No joke, there's a town here right by the school called Cut and Shoot, Texas.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lewtwo

    Not healthy to start a gun fight in Texas.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kitty

    This is not an epidemic as some among us would like us to believe. In fact you a more likely to die from the flu. That said this is another example of a shooting in a gun free zone proving once again that gun free zones do not work. When will people learn?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert Gertz

      Of course gun free zones don't work perfectly...Unless you can surround the "zone" with police and frisk everyone coming and going there's always going to be someone slipping a weapon in. But the lesson is not "gee if only a third or fourth person had had a gun", it is these weapons should be banned and their production and import should be banned. That will not end the violence quickly but it will improve the situation and over time it will help.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrNeedtoKnow

      Robert Gertz, you can ban guns all you want but a criminal will find different ways to kill someone. Here are some ways how a criminal will do it: baseball bats, kitchen knives, use an object and keep hiting until the victim stops moving, stangling with ropes, pipe bombs to inflict mass casualty. Will you ban knives, bats and any object that can cause harm to another? How would you deal with that new problem once the weapons are banned? Please explain since you already have one fix. Do you think that crime will go down? I say no! People kill people and no guns or objects kill people. I never seen a gun or an object kill someone before, have you?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    The NRA encourages mental illness, it keeps the donation flowing.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smitty

      They sure do. 4.4 million mentally ill members and counting.

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

    LOL at you liberal idiots blaming guns when this is GANG RELATED JUST like 70% of shootings

    January 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      Also gun related, like 100% of shootings.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Smitty

      Yeah Darnell. I reckon you are one smart cookie. YEEEHAW! *POW* *POW* *POW*

      January 22, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      It's probably not too late to go to school, Darnell.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tribbs

      And it's gang related because, what, one of the people involved was apparently black?

      So when white people shoot at each other, "good guys" vs. "mental illness" and when black people shoot at eachother it's just "gang related violence"

      January 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. All sarcasm all the time

    I'm starting to wonder when it will be my turn to get shot because it appears that the eventual goal is that we will all have our turn. Oh, the suspense!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tribbs

      The really disturbing thing is that I used to go to/work at that school. It's just right up the street.

      Apparently THIS is the gun nuts dream. That this shouldn't even be worth blinking an eye over, except they think there should be "good guys" in the mix of it shooting as well.

      Every school day will be like a Halo deathmatch. Let's all get excited!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    Yet no one will hear about the 88.67 people who will die today, and every single continuous day from car crashes.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wellywellup

      I accept that I may die in a car crash driving to work. I do not accept that I might get shot watching a movie.

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

      You realize this number has fallen precipitously since "big bad, liberal-government" "forced people" into wearing seat belts, right? "Big government" is also "forcing manufacturers" into making safer cars. Funny how it works with cars but, yet, in-duh-viduals in the US can't see how it would work with guns.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. empresstrudy

    Good. We need more of it.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. cmdrmonkey

    Lack of access to mental healthcare + easy access to guns = shooting sprees

    It's not rocket science people! You rarely see this kind of thing in other developed countries that have universal healthcare and that have banned guns.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      You are exactly right. They use clubs and knives – just like the overwhelming majority of murderers in this country do.

      By the way, are you aware that the UK has the highest KNIFE murder rate in Europe? Some of the strictest gun control laws too.

      Huuuummmmm. Surely that must be pure coincidence, right?

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

    This will happen again and again and again and again until this nation grows up and enacts common sense gun control.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The Exterminator

    Ok so now what next?? Shooting in a church during a Sunday morning worship? I can think a few more but I dont want to give them anymore ideas.. CNN? You are nothing more than an elitists vessel for unscrupulous insanity!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Wellywellup

    Just another day in the good old U.S. of A.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mike hunt

    how are them executive orders working out?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      ATF is on the scene, but Republicans are making sure they don't have a permanent head.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Johnny 5

    Hey Mainstream, We are done eating your crap.

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