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. Joe (Houston, Texas)

    So...what happened? There are virtually no gun-free zones in Texas, yet the bad guy got to shoot people.

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

    Clearly the NRA's "more guns" approach is working well to reduce the number of gun-related incidents in the US.

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

      More guns = less crime. America has the MOST guns, so we should have the LEAST crime. Right?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    ShawnDH – why is the violent crime rate in the U.K. nearly 300% higher than in the U.S.?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Keel Hauler

    In other news, my dog just took a gigantic krap! My yard is in lock-down!

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

    The False Flags are coming folks, Phase 1 of Disarm Americans.

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

      And 9/11 was an inside job. Ya, right. We've heard this crazy talk before. Next.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. James Cliff

    Shooter was shot!

    Mass shooting was stopped!

    ....because a law abiding citizens are allowed to carry firearms in Texas!

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

      I'm sure the people who were accidentlly shot feel just great about that -

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

      It wasn't intended on being a mass shooting dummy. It was two people shooting at each other, and now there are innocent people shot. You're redneck mentality backfired there pal.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. axolotl

    Just when it seems gun-nuts can't do anything stupider they surprise you -

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

      Criminals and gang members are not necessarily gun nuts. They're nuts with guns. There is a difference.

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

    Just one more reason folks guns could eventually be confiscated idiots like these. When we act out of anger it costs everyone. Even trained professionals say, if every body had guns more people would be dead in these cases. Think people, guns don't go off by themselves people make guns go off. I support the hunter, I support arming ones self, but I also support gun control and what I said is not a contradiction . People need to be responsible for their actions period.

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

      Thank you Andrew. Being against gun violence doesn't someone anti-gun, any more than being against drunk driving makes you anti-car.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • RaVeN ChAoS

      I agree on this

      January 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff

    Republicans are talibanizing US

    January 22, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. e.blogga

    Every major news site has this shooting as the prime story yet Fox news has a dink tiny link to it. Wonder how much NRA paid fox not to talk about shootings in our country.

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

      Maybe FOX just realizes it's not worthy of all the hype.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gonfishn39

      Fox may have had just a blurb on their web-site but the Fox News channel has been carrying it non-stop...

      January 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MrRickinNH

    Arm the students... yep... hows that workin out for ya??? Not so good huh!!!

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

      Crossfire. This is a two year community college in an inner city. Look at the demographics. Probably Gang related.

      7.60% (Asian/Pacific Islander)
      16.10% (Black)
      49.03% (Caucasian)
      26.82% (Hispanic/Latino)
      0.45% (Native American)

      January 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Mama

      No one died. But 11,000 other Americans died today for other reasons. There are 300 million people in the US. Look at the big picture.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meli

      If community colleges are going to continue to let felons in, they need to have more security. Otherwise, the colleges are going to be just as gang ridden as some of the schools in HISD. One adjunct instructor can't control a class full of students who never have and never will listen to an authority. Those students aren't there to learn anything, and they chase away all the students who are. Many of them just come for the student loan money.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert McDonald

      You are right arm the students. did anyone get killed hell no the gunman was shot. Thats how we do thing down here. Could you imagine if the gunman was the only one with the gun. Keep your yankee comments to yoursef dyck head

      January 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • RaVeN ChAoS

      Um I'm not sure anyone said to arm the students, but in any case the gang banger mentality isn't phased by pro or anti gun laws, they get them they use them.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SensibleGunOwner

    I own 5 guns (mostly WWI / WWII pieces), and I have to say that there definitely needs to be a lot of reform. It is far too easy to buy a gun, and really the background checks need to be much more extensive. A lot of people like to cite Israel / Switzerland / Finland as high gun ownership countries and show their low crime statistics. These also happen to be countries where I believe a very significant percentage of the male population is required to enter the service. The ownership of the guns doesn't decrease the crime in my opinion. It's the training, the background checks, and the societal structure for learning to respect firearms appropriately. Guns aren't toys, and owning more doesn't solve any issue any further than getting rid of them (see high crime rates in regions with strict gun bans).

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

      - Most of this is already implemented in law enforcement and the military and the last i checked, people in these groups haven't been responsible for a mass killing (don't mention fort hood. That guy was a RADICAL muslim who went out screaming "Allahu Akbar" before going on his rampage)... People need to be educated and trained. Gun owners included. I for one would feel safer and even better equipped to handle my firearms. This actually even makes a better point for the most literal of 2nd amendment interpreters, because training the common man actually makes the common man a part of a more meaningful militia to keep any tyrannical leaders from thinking twice.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • apotas

      Yes, yes, yes. My sentiments exactly.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dirtdevil67

      And then there's countries like Guatemala, Venezuela and Colombia have some of the highest gun crimes yet citizens are allowed to bear guns in those countries. I think it boils down to WHO carries guns and that's mostly parents' responsibility, Nathan Gale and Adam Lanza's mothers failed.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • onyh007

      @SensibleGunOwner Well put. I think this hits the nail on the head. Proper training and good background checks are one of the keys to less accidents and shootings. Along with more money spent on mental health care and people caring more for each other.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Brandon

    Are you out of your mind?

    Two people were shooting at eachother. By NRA logic, one of these people WAS the goodguy right? Or you're saying that both these people were "bad guys" because, what? How do you make that determination. So your answer is to have another guy in there with another gun shooting at random by standards because that fixes the situation?

    Get a brain! There are no badguys and good guys! This is not an old west radio drama! This is real life! REAL PEOPLE GOT SHOT!

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

      Yes... and one real person was actually scared to death (had heart attack) how do you score that one?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    Timothy McVey, Columbine, ted bundy, gacey, conneticut shooting, I could go on. There is no black face behind these cowards. You know the list is much greater than this. There is a definite indication when studying mass shootings, they are almost always white. A glowing picture of the all american white boy eh?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • O'drama ya Mama

      your right if you look at history every single serial killer is a white man lol

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

      Yes, crazy white males kill people. Do you really want to compare murder rates within specific communities?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • abtr25

      What was the point of a comment like that? Do you not see this is how it always starts. This is how it goes from "this is your fault" "no this is yours" and bang! This is the very beginning of a story of violence. Leave this kind of nonsense to yourself or you just may end up being another story.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Please. The crime rate is monumental because of blacks and hispanics. And don't you dare give me that white racism lie. Non-whites commit more crimes than whites ever will–Chicago had 500 killings recently. And we all know the killers were not white. All of America is aware of the elephant in the room. And because no one can talk about it openly, our nation is being destroyed.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    Which one was the good student with the gun

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