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. winchester74

    another gold medal for the NRA trophy case ........

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

    What.... no smoking AR15 in the story?

    January 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. samikep

    I feel so bad for all the CNN posters here that really were hoping this was another mass shooting. Sorry guys, this is nothing more than what happens on inner city streets each day... It's just happened to be on a campus this time so it will be used for an agenda...

    January 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • JBo

      Well we can sure hope that the next shooting on campus is a mass murder. We need more of that kind of violence in order to get fire arms for everyone on school campuses.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • mwhyt

      Gun Nut logic: If less then 5 people are killed, it adds nothing to how dangerous guns are.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • mwhyt

      Gun Nut logic: If less than 5 people are killed, it adds nothing to how dangerous guns are.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tangledthorns

    The area is ghetto so what did you expect?

    January 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Geezer

    more NRA YEE-HAA!

    January 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    Tell me again how many people died today from:
    – Car accidents, especially drunk drivers (more than by guns!!)
    – Medical Malpractice (195,000 per year)
    – Medication errors
    – Hammers (more than rifles per year)
    – Fists (more than guns)
    But of course every high profile gun incident is front page news while the other causes of death and injury that EXCEED death by guns are relegated to little or no news!! Typical hypocrisy!!!!

    January 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      No it isn't. Not in the least.

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

      I have to get a license and a background check to drive a car and my license can be taken away for things like failure to pay taxes or child support. Yet any one can own a gun, that right is never taken away despite the fact that the only use of a gun is to kill someone else (while a car has tons of legitimate positive uses).

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

      According to the FBI, if you own a gun for protection, it is 22 times more likely to be used against a member of the household or someone they knew rather than an intruder. So for every burglar scared off, there will be 22 children, spouses, brothers, neighbors, playmates, etc. killed. Must be nice to play Russian Roulette (literally) with your family's lives. Bet you think you can beat the house in Vegas as well (but then if you're so lucky, why aren't you rich?).

      January 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • samikep

      I'm pretty sure that guns have purposes other than shooting other people...

      January 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • K

      By the same logic plane crashes shouldn't be reported on either, because do you have any idea how many more people die per year from heart attacks and car accidents than plane crashes? How about natural disasters? Bombings? Is it hypocritical to report on these things as well, since there are more common causes of death that are not front page news?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas GOP

      NRA just announced we need 20-30 armed police officers on every education campus in the U.S.? Is the NRA run by morons like you ? Well we all know the answer is yes. You are a moron also. I'm a Republican Tea Party Member, there aren't any Tea Party Members who are Republican, and I think all the NRA members comments are just nuts.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. eclairer

    Why isn't this happening every day in other western nations?
    Why is our homicide rate so grotesque in comparison to that of our peers?
    If it's not their strict gun regulations, what is it?
    Why does no one care?

    January 22, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dean

      No one in this coutry has respect for anyone or anything.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • AtheistHuman

      It is happening everywhere, you just don't hear about it. I live in Denmark, one of the safest countries in the world... Only the criminals have guns here. There are shooting almost every week. It is very hard to get guns if you are a civilian, many hoops to jump. And if you happen to have a gun, you can not use it to defend your property or loved ones. Count your blessing, and take it as it is.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toggi3

      define a western nation. In south america and mexico stuff like this happens in moderate frequency as it does in the US.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Guns Reduce Crime

    We need more students with concealed weapons. They are already there, and can help provide free security if you don't want to pay for cops. The more guns on campus, the less damage a shooter could do.

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

      You read the article and understand that this was two people shooting at each other who managed to injure two other bystanders, and you made this post without a shred of irony?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dylan

      Is this a joke? You're sick.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Yes. You hit it right on the head. I think that everyone should have a gun. Just think about how much better our society would be if everyone had a gun. All the bad guys wouldn't have a chance! Oh wait.. Someone just whispered to me about "Crimes of passion". I think I do remember having some arguments where I wanted to severely hurt someone. Wait, could I have turned into a bad guy then? Could a gun on me when I wasn't thinking straight been a bad idea? Do we all have some darkness in us at times that could be magnified by having a weapon on us? Maybe "yes".

      January 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    Good thing this didn't happen in Florida. Thanks to the NRA, if the emergency room doctor asked one of the victims "were you shot?" they'd get thrown in jail. You can always find who is on the morally wrong side of an argument- just look at the guys trying to suppress information and free speech.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mike

    Oh look...another story about the evils of guns.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kandy321

    We need to educate these gang bangers on gun free zones. Had they known, there would not have been a shooting.

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

      Gang bangers? That's a bit much. Educate yourself before using inappropriate terms that are not in the least bit applicable.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bcaka

    All people in TX, not just students, should be packing – that way they can kill themselves off more quickly thereby reducing excess population AND improving the gene pool at the same time, a win-win solution!

    January 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. susan

    Freedom of owing a gun is more important than our already broken society. To those gun lovers who care less about this issue, but when talking about the spending, they'll jump up and down to scream at the poor is the problem.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Toggi3

      If you think gun lovers love guns because they don't care about these things, you don't understand gun culture that well. On the contrary, we care, that's why we have guns and advocate ownership of guns. Situations like these reinforce our position that gun free zones are useless and assuredly make victims out of people.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gaetan Pelletier

    The NRA probably has the solution! Armed security at all entrances of: universities, colleges, schools, shopping malls, sport venues, hospitals, organised celebrations, pre-schools, summer camps, et cetera. That’s a lot of manpower! If we think about this, it’s a lot easier to turn down the heat in your house before turning on the air conditioning unit.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AK 47 Love

    Just think...what if this bad guy had pulled out a gun and a dozen different students with concealed weapons opened up on him all at the same time. He wouldn't have stood a chance would he? Think about it liberals!

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

      Dude, I respect your opinion but it seems to me there wouldn't be a problem here if people were more able to talk to each other than to be irrational and instead of thinking first, pulling a weapon and taking another life. Your half right, people should have the right to own a gun. but they should also HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE AT ALL TIMES. NOT WHEN THEY CHOOSE.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Max

      You should try reading article first before posting this nonsense.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      Yeah, and luckily the bad guy has a floating red name above his head while the good guys all have green names above their heads, because that way none of the good guys with guns can be mistaken for bad guys with guns. Otherwise someone may come along and see a good guy shooting a bad guy and mistake the good guy for a murderer, oh noes!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      And then the cops show up and shoot everyone holding a gun, because that's what cops do.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dallas Guy

      Yeah, and instead of 3 being hurt in the cross fire there would have been 20.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
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