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. Gshong

    US is becoming Wild Wild West with gun shootings everyday!! It is going to get worse from here. We make crazy young people combined with easy access to guns. It is the consequence of an irresponsible and bullying culture. It was New Mexico kid who killed all 5 of his family two days ago, now this. Americans are too stupid to solve this gun valence problem. It involves so many facets of this society. It is way beyond Americans IQ level now.

    January 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. world of morons

    .. most all of this area and campus is a cesspool for illegals.

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

    Wow glamorization at its finest

    January 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Guns Reduce Crime

    I would like to see students with concealed carry firearms. It could keep the classrooms a lot safer. More good guys with guns is a good thing.

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

    I would bet odds that those guns were not legally owned. In other words, taking weapons away from lawful citizens is unlikely to affect violence like this. How about hitting criminals possessing illegal weapons with extreme penalties? They can decide if the perceived protection of a gun is worth the cost.

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

    An interview in the radio about noon time today, a lady from TX complained if gun were legalized, his father would not have to die in a gun shooting in 91, and also said that shooting only happened in the states where gun is illegal. Just a few hours ago, see what happen in TX now, lady!

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

      Yup, have a firearm will stop a mass shooting.

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

      How about the guy who died of a heart attack. Can we ban McDonalds and KFC too? It's time we get serious with this issue.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Guns Reduce Crime

    I have no problem with a classroom full of armed students. It would stop these mass shootings at schools.

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

      IT would only crate more confusing and killing! ! Who starts the first shoot? I bet everyone will point his finger to each other.

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

      Nobody's going to start a shooting in a room where everyone's armed.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • DJ

      Instead of bringing these stupid guns to school, why dont you bring your books to school. Get an education !!!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • gordon

      and will results in more dead due to small skirmishes between immature college students who will always fear immediate death because everyone else is armed. This will then escalate to armed students wearing body armor daily whom Police will have even more trouble stopping if they go haywire.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lua

      ...these were students who were armed...and look what happened. Innocent victims trying to go about their day are now in critical condition. There is no logic to your theory (said the Texan)

      January 22, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dr. Democrat

    That's 35 shootings since Columbine. When are we going to get serious about gun control. I support the Second Amendment, but I also support that all Americans should be able to live safely and securely without the threat of being shot at school, colleges, movie theatres, shopping malls or any other public place. Creating mandatory universal background check, mental testing and liability insurance for all legal gun owners is a sane way to start controlling the spread of weapons, along with tightening up the rules for gun shows, periodic license renewals and continuing education on gun handling, etc. We cannot simply continue to make excuses for incidents like these. More guns is NOT the sane answer.

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

      Columbine happened during the 1994 Assault Weapon ban. How well did that ban work out in preventing Columbine? Watch how fast CNN drops this story once it comes out that the shooter wasnt white and this no longer fits the narritive of white early 20's males commiting mass shootings. This situation is a classic example of what pro-gun people are talking about. Its a bad guy who should not have had a gun shooting people. For all we know the second guy was a good guy CCP holder who stopped him.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • jbg757

      The problem is that crazies and criminals own a good portion of all guns. No solution to that.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      And what will making law abiding citizens do all that, do to prevent criminals from not following.

      Gun control only controls those who woudl follow the laws.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Guns Reduce Crime

    Imagine if a half dozen students had all pulled out their guns and started firing at the bad guy at the same time. He would have been taken out instantly, lives would have been saved.

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

      By my calculations there would have been 18 more wounded! Yep... arm the students hows that workin out for ya anyway??

      January 22, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bob

    And here comes the NRA to say "if all the students were armed, this wouldn't have happened". Except of course, every statistic show that the more guns you introduce into society, the more gun deaths occur. That's why the NRA made it illegal (and in Florida, a crime) for a doctor to even ask about gun ownership. If facts, support the NRA, why are they trying so hard to suppress them?

    January 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lee

    Good thing they were armed so they could defend themselves and shoot each other and others. Imagine that in a movie theater of well-armed people!

    January 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. aerosgrl

    Typical ghetto Houston at its finest... only reason it's on national news is b/c it happened at a college... other than that, no different from the nightly news

    January 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JBo

    If everyone in that school had a fire arm, this wouldn't have happened.

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

    This sounds like an everyday gangland style shooting which happens all over certain areas in Chicago daily.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jbg757

    I'm convinced. We are surely crazy.

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