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. ProCon

    I do not have to fear of a foreign army from another country coming in to our schooll to kill our innocent children, yet I am so fearful of own damn country.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. eooe

    TIred of this nonsense. What makes these sickos so desperate for attention?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evguy2

      And why does our media keep giving it to them?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom

    When you are the ONLY country that have this ridiculous Gun rights amendment crap, and the highest gun violence record by far of all developed countries...when do you start wondering if you are wrong???

    January 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • someone

      When people from whatever S*&thole country you live in stop clamoring over each other to come live here.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Esog

    I'm sure the shooter was on SSRI meds. They always are.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Sikes

      I'M on SSRI meds and I have NO desire to shoot people!! The meds are not the problem. The GUNS are the problem!!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dr. Sikes

    I'm sick of hearing about "second amendment rights." You know, rights don't do you any good at all when you're shot dead!!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Tapart

      Let's just abolish the whole bill or rights while were at it.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Keel Hauler

    And why do innocent people "deserve" to be shot? Psycho.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Burp

    Gun owners are not criminals until they do this kind of thing. That is why there should be more requirement than just a heartbeat to get one.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NonBeliever

    Witness said the shooter was a black male.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tj fisk

    its gang related i live here 20 mins down the road its not crazy people its gangs.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John Tapart

    Another shooting in a gun-free zone imagine that

    January 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hector

      It's not a gun free zone. Weapons are allowed on campus in Texas...

      January 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. doofus

    Can we blame the criminal this time around?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. matt c

    The issue doesn't lie with guns or no guns, or this type of person vs that type of person. The problem, at least 75% of the problem, is the individuals' failure to see life in the moment. If the cop, or the kid, or the whatever the next headline is, could have just learned to appreciate the life and lives around him right there in the present (instead of concentrating on life in the past or future), the outcome would be very different.
    Lets change the laws governing how we interperet the preciousness of life in our mind, and it won't matter if you're neighbor has a gun or twenty.
    Just because its not something that can be legislated, doesn't mean it isn't something we can't change.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Paul

    Another Banner Day for the NRA. It's always good to read the 2nd Amendment: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

    January 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. seanjones1996

    "Guns don't kill people, people kill people"

    When are we going to wake up and stop letting the NRA run our country? How many more people have to die?! As Rage Against the Machine said "WAKE UP!!!!!"

    January 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. A mom

    If any one in power truly cared, this would not be happening anymore. But murdering children brings in $ for people. Look how the NRA twisted Newtown into a financial boom for
    gun companies. All we are going to get is rhetoric and a passing "woe is the children." I am convinced there will be nothing else.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheRealBMac

      Sorry, it was not the NRA that triggered a buying frenzy... It was the news that insane gun control laws were coming...

      January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
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