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. Teapatriot

    Guns dont kill people, nutcases do

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

      Nutcases can kill with a gun much easier than say a slingshot...

      January 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      It's a good thing then that when the President tries to better enforce existing laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of such nutcases that everyone loses their mind and calls him a gun grabbing Hitler

      January 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rob

    at least there wont be any more gun show shootings...til next weekend 😉

    January 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The Bubba way

    This is how it usually goes.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 2nd Amendment

    Don't feed the troll

    January 22, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. I keep sayin'

    (1) Country-wide gun buy back
    (2) Ban Assault rifle/certain types of ammo and ammo magazines
    (3) Registration requirements

    We cannot reliably weed out the crazies. The safety net the population is clamouring for post Newtown has to equal restricted gun ownership.

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

      None of the laws will help as the people that are at most risk of doing things like this don't follow the laws. I fail to see how asking legal gun owners to relinquish their guns will fix the issue. We need to enforce the laws we have and make the penalties stronger to those that break the law.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • hannah

      You are absolutely right on. But will it happen? Not in our lifetime. Not until thousands, no hundreds of thousands of more people are killed. If the mass killing of first graders doesn't resonate and change the laws, i don't know what will. We live in a pathetic country. I now feel threatened every time I go out to a public place. I don't carry a gun. I shouldn't have to and I keep wondering if, when I am in the grovery store, the restaurant, the movies, will someone attack. How say.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. scw211

    Thank you. This is NOT front page worthy news. There are 30 firearm related homicides every day, always have been. This is a simple gang-related shootout that happens 24/7 in most urban areas.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Teapatriot

    You are talking to a wall. nobody is listening. now fight to defend your rights or have them taken away in a death of a thousand cuts (first, "assault rifle ban". then registration. so on... finally confiscate all weapons)

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

    because that would make way too much sense.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. monsters

    lol @ all these liberals crapping their pants over a gang related shooting in a bad part of HOUSTON.

    How would gun control laws have prevented this from happening?

    That's right they wouldn't have.

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

      gang related? looks like a typical cowboy shooting at a college to me.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dirtdevil67

      Nevermind the point about it being a gang activity, it's the fact that it happened at a SCHOOL for the FIFTH time in a month. And people once said schools are some the safest public places.

      Coincident or not, this is ridiculous.

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

      Yes we all know that college campuses are such hot beds of gang activity and almost all gang members go to college these days.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      Because colleges have more police per capita than anywhere else on earth, I think. Granted, all they seem to do is kill a billion trees writing parking tickets, but you'd think the presence of so many armed and trained individuals would be a deterrent, right? Isn't that the NRA plan, armed guards everywhere? Well colleges already have that.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    Seriously! I mean, take terrorism! ONLY 3,000 people died on 9/11. I mean, that's only like 1/5th of the number of people who die in car accidents every year! That level of death is COMPLETELY acceptable because it's relatively small. Is that what you're saying?

    Oh, and ONLY four people died in Bengazi, so we can just completely ignore that one. Right?

    January 22, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ban all GUNS!

    No I am not an american but I do have a SAY IN WHAT GOES ON IN YOUR COUNTRY! America sticks their nose in our british business you we can stick our nose in yours. BAN ALL GUNS. THe US does not need them!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • L

      Whats the point on banning guns, people will still find a way to get guns! It will not help if we do, it will make things even worse. If we ban guns we should ban knives, saws. bows, anything that will harm a human. Its the second amendment if we change that then we will change the entire amendment because someone doesnt like want it that it harms someone

      January 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sam

    Yes, the crime rate would be almost non-existant.

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

    If you bleeding-heart-liberalists think getting rid of guns will make all these problems go away, think again. If people don't wish to follow the simple laws against murder, what makes you think they'll stop carrying guns? So many things are illegal and the prisons are full of people who didn't care about legalities. Moreover, they could just as easily get in their cars and go on a rampage down the sidewalks, leaving piles of bodies behind them. What then, would you have cars outlawed? So many things, when used improperly, can be used as a weapon. If law-abiding citizens are disarmed, what will you do about those who do not follow the law? Those who do not follow the law will not hand over their guns anyway and will – without a doubt – prey upon the large masses of weak law-abiding citizens who will have just recently been stripped of their protection. Notice how these people already prey upon the weak? Not too many are going into a SWAT training facility or a military base and trying to shoot people; they are all doing this sort of thing where they think nobody can stop them.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      The idea is to have fun making fun of the extremes on both sides, when it reality the only way to make an actual difference would be to somehow remove all 300 million guns from the equation, which obviously can't happen so sit back and enjoy the derp. "Give everyone a gun!" "remove the BAD guns, but not the not-that-bad guns!" Equally ridiculous.

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

      It just means will have a new population of people to incarcerate. What's good for the goose is good for the Gander. lol.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sosa

    Which one is the bad guy?

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

      i think they were both bad according to the NRA

      January 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Oregon herb

    Especially like the CNN part "we can't allow guns to roam about freely "... If this everyday-gang shooting had'nt taken place on a school campus, nobody would've heard about it. Lamestream going nuts once again. Maybe media should station news hawks at every school so they can " get the breaking news- as it happens".

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