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. Rob

    This isn't a "mass shooting". It's a couple of college kids having an argument that got out of hand. It just happened to be on a campus. If they were in one of the kids' driveways, odds are, we wouldn't even be seeing this on CNN.

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

      Just a couple of college kids having a disagreement...how about just duking it out instead of shooting up the place and wounding 2 innocent people? This is why the "more guns" argument won't work...too many guns around too many bystanders = lots of collateral damage.

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

    Wow thank god these two guys had guns to protect themselves from each other. If only the innocent bystanders had guns too then more people would have been protected and safe.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Like a BOSS

    Is CNN is going to report on every shooting in America now? It's worse then the local news stations.

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

      So let's just ignore it.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Wayne Lapierre

    obviously we need a LOT more guns on college campuses.... only then will everybody feel safe

    January 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BanGuns2013

    How many more shootings until we get up and do something about this. An assault weapons ban does not stop gun violence. We need to ban handguns as well. I guess Congress and the President will need another 10 school shootings and another public massacre to press this issue.

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

      My litmus test would be to take 1 million gun owners, put them on an island and see how many are shot in a year. If they believe they will be as safe as they say, should find a lot of volunteers, right?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. vatoloke

    Shoot em up bang bang pow! Yeehaw! Gotta luv Teaxas! NOT!!!

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

    My son is trained in the use of all weapons, and has even fired 50 caliber anti-tank rifles. If one kid like my son was there with his 44 magnum, this would have been ended before so many were hurt.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • O'drama ya Mama

      imagine your son was there with his guns and imagine one of his bullets misses its target and accidentally hits an innocent person. Imagine the only "good" person there with a gun is the only one who kills someone

      January 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don't TOUCH my guns

      My son doesn't miss, he is a marksman.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • O'drama ya Mama

      your son is not god, anything can happen

      January 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • O'drama ya Mama

      my point being the more guns you bring into the equation the more bullets will fly regardless of who is behind the trigger (good person or bad person) it raises the chances that someone can get hurt/die.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fox Mulder

    Texas has by far a higher average than "normal" gun ownership, yet not the mass shootings... Why? Because if you try what happened in Newtown, someone is going to shoot back.

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

      Killeen? The dude shot up a restaurant and killed 23. Texas Tower? Killed 17. Wouldn't you agree that even one is too many?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • jhysterio

      Damn, I forgot Fort Hood, 13 dead...a friggin' military base of all places...the guy killed an unborn baby too.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Josie

    But seriously...without the internet, how many of you would have known about this? How many of you would it have personally effected. We had a student attack a professor in class last year, no gun involved, but he had him in a strangle hold up against the wall. It took at least 3 other students to tackle him and get him down so that security could get in the class. Want to know what it was about....the teacher telling him it was inappropriate to throw desks in class and to leave if he was not willing to abide by the rules! No gun was involved but that teacher had bruises around his neck from being held up by the student. You don't need a gun to kill someone, you just need determination and strength. These two students sound like idiots and this could have happened on or off campus. We also have our fair share of standoffs and such (small town) and most end with an arrest others end in a suicide. Getting rid of guns won't do a damn thing but make those that do abide by the rules and laws easy victims for those that don't.

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

      I would pose another question. How many people would actually care, especailly being desensitized to violence as it is.

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

      Gun laws not getting rid of guns, two different things. If your are not "Crazy or Felon" no worries for you.How many shootings is going to take to say we need to change gun laws.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • jehova_no_witness

      Are you a member of the NRA?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • jhysterio

      What about the innocent people of the stray bullets? I suppose an errant fist would've done the same damage?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. semper fi

    Bring a gun to school.....any school......10 years keeping our roads clean to think about it.

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

    There needs to be an immediate enforcement of the death penalty for anyone convicted of a violent gun crime. If you are opposed to this, you are likely a criminal yourself.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Barry G.

    "Those who live by the sword will perish by the sword."
    –Jesus Christ

    If Jesus was preaching and teaching on the earth today, he'd surely be saying "gun", instead of "sword".

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

      Jesus would buy a gun an practice shooting .. and then would make the "miracle of the shooting and idiots" where he would miraculously multipliy ammo and gun down all idiots without anyone being able to stop him

      yeah .. it;d be nice to know the brand of assault rifle he'd be buying

      January 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. N.

      He also said "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one." Luke 22:36, NIV

      Your quote means that unprovoked violence is not justified (Jesus told your quote to Peter when Peter used his sword to injure a guard). Luke 22:36 shows us that Jesus also believed that there is a time to prepare for self defense when weapons are needed. It is a reasonable position: Don't be the aggressor, but protect yourself.

      Don't pick and choose only the quotes of the bible that match your agenda. You're trying to paint Jesus in the image you'd like him to have, not as he was. For shame!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Don't forget he also said to own the sword and Peter was ready to defend Christ until the death

      January 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • theemptyone1

      That's right, today, Jesus would be like a Taliban leader. He said that he didn't come into the world to bring peace, but a sword (gun) and everyone would rise up against everyont, even families, "for his sake." Great stuff.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fox Mulder

    Go ahead. Disarm yourselves. That will surely prevent the criminal element from holding you hostage at gunpoint.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mom with Assault Rifle

    What are we parents to do? I mean I carry an AK 47 everywhere me and my kids go, but I can't be there with my assault rifle at school to guard him. So why can't we arm teachers? Imagine if there was a shooter, all the teachers could grab a rifle and start shooting him, it would end fairly quick.

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

      give ur kids the gun

      January 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wafflemania

      @ Mom with Assault Rifle

      Congratulations on winning either:

      1. the most "Sarcastic Comment Ever" award if you were joking
      2. the "Stupidest Comment Ever" award if you were serious

      I really hope it was #1.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • susan

      You are so pathetic! Shame on you being a parent!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don't TOUCH my guns

      Waffle I don't mean that I carry my AK while walking, but I do keep it in my front seat all the time. You never know. I carry a 41 magum in my purse for when I don't have a rifle. There are plenty of armed mothers like me.

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

      so much for executive orders and speeches

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

      And when little Johnny gets killed in the crossfire, then you can sue the school,teacher, state and heaven knows who else for some blood money and live happy ever after, knowing that it wasn't about the money.

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

      Listen to Piers Morgan and ban the guns. NRA should be banned- they are a terrorist organization that promote violence!! I am not a liberal by the way & just asking nuts to be reasonable

      January 22, 2013 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • orion

      victim looks pretty dark skinned...
      something must be done to keep firearms away from ignorant minorities.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tom

    Yeah, everyone should carry a gun so if they get into an argument with someone they can shoot them.

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

      Acting like that's the norm instead of an aberration is like expecting anyone with a drivers license to go out jumping schoolbuses.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • gager

      I carry a knuckle duster, it's a gun without the noise.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • theemptyone1

      This would likely have two effects; 1. Cause people to become much more polite. 2. Eliminate a lot of dumb people quickly.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
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