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 Mama

    11,000 people will die today for other reasons. There are 300,000,000 people in the US. This is a non-issue.

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

    See? If everybody carried a gun, then they can all pull out theirs and start shooting. Since it's hard to tell who the bad guys are, more people would have been hit, but it would be more spectacular.

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

    Fortunately, this just looks like a case of 2 idiots trying to kill each other and catching innocent people in the crossfire. Still horrible, but at least it's not an attack on the school as a whole.

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

    Guns for everyone – it's stupid law. Weapons should be allowed only to policemen and soldiers.

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

      A policemen just killed his family today and shot himself.

      But only they should have them

      January 22, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guns Reduce Crime

      More guns could have prevented this crime. More good guys with guns means less crime, less shootings.

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

      Yes... like the cop in Vegas that shot his wife and kids and set his house on fire...
      You didn't comment on that article.

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

      Funny how CNN posters will talk on one hand about corrupt cops then on the other about cops should be the only people with guns... Too funny...

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

      or how about the policeman that are getting sued in NY for shooting 10 innocent bystanders?

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

      If more guns = less crime, Texas should be a crime-free utopia.

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

    This is my weapon, this is my gun, this ones for fighting, and this ones for fun.....

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

    So when these dummies decided to carry their GUNS today, how did that work out for everybody? This never would have happened if these people didn't carry guns.

    Clearly, people with guns are far more likely to get shot (and 100% more likely to shoot somebody else).

    January 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • world of morons

      guess you're real proud of your home town (chicago) right? IDIOT

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

      hello dummy, If someone carrying their gun for the legal right reasons had been present maybe they could've stopped the whole thing!!
      By the way, this is the case of a criminal now not a law abiding citizen. Get your mind right before you speak. evidently you don't know the difference between a criminal and law abiding citizen. BOOYAH!!!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mindless Drone

    Yeah, get rid of the guns.....Knives and hammers are so much cooler!!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Russasaurus

    Canada has just as many guns per person as the US. We also have the mentally ill and parental issues. In 2008, your Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm, unconnected to service in a militia. That's the problem. It was never meant to protect the people from the government. Now it is being used to protect people from people. There is an arms race within the US, all supported by the NRA and the Republicans. I'll bet if there was a mass shooting at an NRA convention their minds would change.

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

      Stay in France silly man, let us real men deal with our own.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • kandy321

      Don't be a drama queen. If there was an arms races, civilians would have predator drones and hellfire missiles.

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

      That's why you Canadians have your version of the secret service checking out all our gun shows in the USA because the people in Canada that have good sense come down here to get a gun to protect themselves against idiots like you if you had a gun. Take Piers Morgan and get Obama to marry you and go back to England!!!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Robert McDonald

    You will not hear from president useless on this

    January 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. generalsoreness

    I don't think the NRA is a credible organization to mention when it comes to guns n gun safety. They win either way in these situations, any publicity is good publicity(see Kardashian). They are in the gun busness, the more guns and bullets sold the better for business, and some bean counter over there figured out years ago these mass shootings drive gun sales upwards. So they'll come out with the usual "we are saddened blah blah blah" but they could give less of a damn. So lets stop sticking up for the NRA.
    And the NRA better hope the insurance companies don't decide to out-lobby them for owners insurance, ins co's can squeeze a dollar out of anything!

    January 22, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kandy321

    Just typical gang violence, nothing to see here, move along. Happens several times a day in gun free Chicago.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Guns Reduce Crime

    More good people with guns could have stopped this tragedy, by taking out the bad guy immediately. We need to get rid of gun free school zones.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. creative36

    How many school shootings are going to happen until people realize we need to ban guns? Do we need school shootings every day?

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

      lol this guy thinks banning guns would stop shootings. #Chicago

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

      Guns ARE BANNED at schools...

      I guess that doesn't work too well.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. apotas

    effect* effect* effect* effect*

    January 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The Anarchist

    Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward.
    Whoever cannot take care of themselves without that law is both.
    For a wounded man shall say to his assailant,
    'If I live, I will kill you. If I die, You are forgiven.'
    Such is the rule of honour.

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