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)

    The new hansel & gretel movie is FILLED WITH GUN VIOLENCE but you leftist idiots would rather blame the NRA for our gun violent culture?? GET A CLUE!!!!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • O'drama ya Mama

      if violence in the media is the problem why did your NRA release a video game to kids 4 and up?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Voice of Reason

      That game involves shooting targets, not people..........

      January 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SpencerRifle

    If you are from Texas, then you have a say in the making & changing of gun laws in Texas. If not, you can continue to rant & rave, but it won't do anything.

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

    Sounds like the news is trying to pull another bs story together

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

      its lunatics like you and your kids who need to be monitored ...

      January 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. el_incr

    What's interesting in all of these recent shootings, the cops never had to fire a shot. The killer is his own judge, jury and executioner. A responsible citizen, carrying a concealed handgun and willing to use it to save a child, is, in my mind, the first, first responder. The cops always get there when the shooting is over.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. coflyboy

    **yawn** just another day in America.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jose San Antonio

    This what the NRA can be proud of.

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

      Please explain what the NRA has to do with gangs?

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


    January 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • O'drama ya Mama

      This happened at a school that has armed security. Isnt that what the NRA said would prevent these things from happening? guess not...

      January 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MakeThemEatCake

    What is wrong with wanting to at least TRY to curb gun related violence in our society? Why are you non-liberal turds not speaking out against this? Other than to state the arming everyone is the solution. If you get angry with someone to the point that you want to strike out in a violent manner, how long will it take you to beat that person to death? How long will it take to shoot that same person to death? If you are fighting with someone, there is a chance that the fight can be broken up before you kill that person. Will you step in front of a bullet for your friend? Stop with the "liberals want to take our guns" bulls**t and act like you care that 3 people just got ago at another school.

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

    And it beginss....... Wild West Shootouts like the NRA envisioned

    January 22, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2nd Amendment

      That can't be right... no way there was a shooting on school campus – that's a "no guns allowed" campus!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Is there a single gun-free zone in Texas? I think not....

      January 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • NRA is useless

      what do you mean starting... hey Doc ...Wyatt, Ike and all you dead Clantons and Earps? can you believe this guy?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. James PDX

    I don't smoke and I don't own a gun. Both have unnecessary risks that outweigh the benefits. I didn't even need a masters degree to figure that out. I know it when I was still a teenager.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kristen W

    Guns are not to blame! Society is to blame, countless bulling and judgmental people cause this! Take a deep look at yourself for once and ask yourself have your words or actions towards others been hurtful? Look at what your hurtful words n actions teach your children.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Bubba way

      Flaunting your guns in crowds of people doesn't help win sympathy.

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

      I agree. Words do damage and their has been way to much mud slinging from our president and our national leaders too

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

    guns dont kill people, "gun free zones" do

    January 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lynndel Humphreys

    The shooting. The hunt. The chase. The terror. You got to love it.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      I wonder why a major newspaper like the New York Times is not reporting on this story.....

      January 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • world of morons

      .. thinking back on OJ .. tears forming now.. i'm sad now.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • world of morons

      .. the New York what??/ they haven't been relevant since 1983

      January 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      Because its not tomorrow morning yet.

      But, seriously, maybe they prefer to wait for more facts to roll in.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Me

    Just remember guns don't kill people, people kill people. There doesn't that make it all better now..

    January 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • eclairer

      Oh yes, much better thank you. Thank goodness every single person in this country is so level headed, sensible and responsible.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • ed

      i feel soooo relieved thank you

      January 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Um wait

      These were two people shooting at each other, not at students or faculty. It was more likely crime gone wrong than school massacre. The funny thing about crime is that criminals are usually breaking laws, not following gun control mandates. I'm sure that during this time 5 other people in LA, NYC, Chicago and Philly were also being shot during some other criminal activity. This one just happened to be on a college campus.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Keel Hauler

    Thanks to media-generated hysteria, everytime there's a gunshot the world stops and has a panic attack.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Yeah I'm sure the two innocent bystanders are appalled at the hysteria and media hype. As soon as they get out of the hospital we can ask them.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • eclairer

      I know! You'd almost think this didn't happen on a daily basis in other parts of the western world.
      Oh wait. It doesn't.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Thank you for saying what I was thinking. Go to hell CNN. And ANY other new organization that keeps reporting this garbage on the front page. People are shot in my city almost EVERY day. Why isn't that on the front page? Because it's not near a school where it can incite FEAR and PANIC.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • wade moran

      Unless it's in the inner-city of Chicago or D.C., or at the MLK Day parade in New Orleans this weekend, where there was 5

      January 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
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