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. Problem

    In Ohio, a gun dealer was checking out a semi-automatic handgun when he accidentally pulled the trigger. "The gun went off and hit his friend in the arm and in the leg," Way to go ! Hey, what are friends for ! LOL!

    January 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The_Truth

    Two people shot, one person was scared to death (had heart attack)

    January 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Daniel

    This incident occurred just outside the Greenspoint area which is known to locals as gunspoint for its gang related violence. Seeing that they were shooting at each other it is likely the case.

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

      Anytime two people are shooting at each other... yeah, very plausible, sadly.

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

      What is going on in this country. No where is safe. It will soon be no one can go out in public.

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

      Just another Obama supporter expressing his self by killing innocence.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texas GOP

      You are nuts or just don't have a clue as to directions in Houston. Greenspoint Mall is 10 miles away. You need to get a life you loser. Don't be online giving out phony information. Probably another NRA Moron.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lauren

      Yes, we locals call it "Gunspoint."

      January 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bankrupt 1

    is christianity an issue?

    January 22, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Armed Family Man

    I worry every day when I send my kids to school, unarmed, ready to be victimized. Gun free zones get students killed. I want my kids in an armed campus, heavily armed. I don't care if a teacher carries a shotgun...fine with me. I'm tired of these maniacs killing unarmed students as everyone just stands there watching.

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

      dude, I hope you are being sarcastic

      January 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mom with Assault Rifle

      Armed schools are the answer.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • rickot1

      I don't believe we need to make any changes to our gun laws. But sending kids to school with guns would be dumb. Your kid might be fine. I don't worry about my kid being stupid. But I worry a lot about other kids.

      With that said. Don't spend your life worrying. You're kid is far more likely to die in a car wreck than by gun violence.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anywhere else

      Stupid, stupid, stupid. More guns: even more murder. No guns: much less murder. Every other country in the world proves this but the fools in the US keep letting the NRA destroy their lives for profit.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      One of the stupidest things anyone has ever said...it's nutjobs like you that end up killing people. Gun-free zones kill people??? That's like saying No-Parking zones kill handicapped people.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fox Mulder

    3 people wounded. Just goes to show that this BS doesn't go down in Texas like it does in the North.

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

      But you have to admit; these dudes weren't very good shots. A large clip semi-automatic would help the kill rate for these dudes a whole bunch.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Barry G.

    I don't expect the NRA to backdown.

    They may say it's about Second Amendment rights, but we know it's all about the money; and, they're gonig to ride that graveytrain, as long as they can.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. disgusted

    this case was not a lunatic but more of hatred and to the sounds of it, they weren't following laws anyways. ten to one the guns were not registered to them hence illegal., but logically they were illegal when they passed the sign that said no guns. a criminal is not going to look at the sign and stop. laws were made to give consequences to the wrong doers. gun laws gun bans wouldnt solve this . this would just be another illegal gun as i bet they were . take them away from the law abiding you end up with more criminals europe has areas on the web for illegal guns and it shows you how to make them even up to a fully auto. yes there might be less crime, but the guns are still there. and now i see they want to arm the bobbies. why? if gun control is working? seems that illegals are still there it just stops law abiding in these cases

    January 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • lexie1961

      and every single one of the people who commit these crimes became criminals AFTER they shot a bunch of people! Prior to that – they were law abiding citizens – like you and me. Criminals don't go into school and colleges and shoot up the place. Generally speaking – they just shoot each other.

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

      Registered guns in Texas. Are you nuts? 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 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lexie1961

    so, how's that 2nd amendment working out for y'all?

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

      illegal guns. criminals shooting at eachother. they were going to break the law wherever it would have happened. my college has armed police force in it all the time. guns were not allowed unless something like this happens

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

      Just fine thanks. How is that first amendment working for you?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • human being

      welcome to the violent America full of nutjobs running rampant, who cares at this point if gun is legally held or not, these evil incidents wld not happen if guns weren't sold!!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Henro Juevo

      Won't know until it gets taken away.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • lexie1961

      I'm actually Canadian. I can send my kids to school in my city and they come home having never even seen so much as a knife, nevermind a gun! Since Newtown – 3 of my American friends are looking for work in Canada – they are getting the 'hell out of Dodge" while they still can.
      We hunt, we own rifles, handguns, belong to gun clubs...but we don't shoot each other like you all do. How come we can manage to live such a peaceful exisitence? Something is wrong with your way of thinking down there!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. blaqb0x

    "The shooting happened at a campus library," – The librarian must have been like, "SHHHHHHHH!".

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

      "Please sir, this is Texas...no gunfire in the library...you'll have to do that outside! "

      January 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Martin

    Gun problem? what gun problem?.. everything is fine... if anything we need more guns, imagine the heading on this article if everyone had guns in that campus, it would be more like "firefight erupts in Texas campus among students, no one knows who or what started it but now there are 10 dead and 15 wounded" now we are talking news..

    January 22, 2013 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lance

    I'd like to thank the NRA for pressing colleges to allow students to carry guns on campus. I guess their next big push will be to have handguns in vending machines in the cafeteria?

    January 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fox Mulder

    Imagine that. A shooting that occurred in a place where firearms are not restricted that resulted in zero deaths.

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

      Are you seriously making the jump in logic that, if guns are unrestricted, they're somehow safer???

      January 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Barry G.

    The US is the largest manufacturer of arms, with annual revenues of about $2 billion.

    Do you think that money has anything to do with the resistance of our legislators to implement even the most reasonable restrictions to the sale and purchase of weapons?

    January 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. AprilElaine

    Laws were made for people who obviously can NOT follow them. Gun reform is DEF needed in our country!

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