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. Wayne Lapierre

    Well obviously we need a LOT more guns on college campuses. Only when ALL students are armed will everyone be safe.

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

      The only thing that can stop Wayne Lapierre with a gun is Alex Jones with a gun...

      January 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Saka

    I hear they have a "Grassy Knoll" program for gun-toting students. Good times.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Guns R Me

    I am not going to let Obama take my guns! I don't care what happens in the news.

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

      You do realize, that if it comes to that, and the laws ban your guns. Obama himself wont be the one coming to take it right? It will be the police. They will likely have little trouble removing your guns, and providing you with new lodgings curtesy of your county. (Complete with orange jumpsuit) Luckily, no one is trying to "come take your guns".

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

    So let's say the incident between two gunmen was actually one bad guy shooting and one good guy trying to stop him. See what happens? The more guns there are = the more trigger happy people out there. "Only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun." Correction: Only a good guy with a gun AND good aim.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kris

    Here's an idea – how about complete medical examination for any aspiring gun owner?

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

      Awesome, as long as we agree that government can't change the definition of "mentally incompetent" to include "doesn't trust government; wants to own a gun."

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

      You're going to deny guns to people with hypertension? What about UTIs? What the hell does a medical exam have to do with anything?

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

      Here's an idea. I bet the guns used today by gang members were illegal guns. Any law abiding gun owner wouldn't bring a firearm into a gun free zone. Ex Convicts are still able to obtain guns on the street. I do agree we need stricter laws for obtaining guns, but are we just beating a dead horse? People will still obtain guns, just the illegal way. When will people realize that criminals using illegal guns is the real problem we're facing?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. brutemacarthur

    Yeah...this comments sections is so easy to navigate, isn't it?

    January 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dirtier South the Better

    Sorry to break it to you folks but this isn’t news, this is Tuesday in Houston. Unfortunately, it happened to be at a college campus instead of the 5th ward.

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

      the fact that there re idiots saying this isn't news, it's normal occurrence shows how mentally ill some Americans are. even in a third world country like India there are no gun violence issues like this.

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

      It's not news to many because these dirty criminals have made a lifestyle out of this. They are slowly ruining America.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dirtier South the Better

      We the idiots fully acknowledge and understand that in cities such as Houston and across the country that regardless of actions taken by the peaceful law abiding citizens or steps made by law makers, there is a culture of violence where occurrences like today will happen no matter what and on a fairly normal basis.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Toddo

    Why does the media choose to hype up this event, and not the once-a-day killings in Chicago? biased agenda, that's why....

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

      grow up, all gun iolence is rotten.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. betterdays

    Sounds like it could have happened on a typical street corner in South Chicago or Southwest Philadelphia on any given day.

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

      And does, but that won't fit the liberal media agenda: Those places HAVE gun control. 😛

      January 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Don't TOUCH my guns

    I am so sick of sending my kids to school in a "gun free zone" where some shooter can pick them off slowly. We need to arm teachers. I personally wouldn't have an issue with a teacher carrying an AR 15 or an AK 47, at least keeping it in the classroom. We have to act NOW to stop these shootings, and the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

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

      And what happens when an armed teacher turns out to be a bad guy instead of a good guy and shoots up their whole classroom with nobody there to stop them?

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

      are u kidding me your gonna have every teacher in the school carry or have a gun in there class room? So a 120 pound teacher for example has not only a gun but as you said an AR 15 or AK and a bigger stronger student takes the gun away or physically makes her unlock the safe its in. Do u really think about what u type or say?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fox Mulder

    I love that you think the absence of something is the solution to the presence of something. You deserve to be killed by someone who has a weapon because you think no one should have a weapon.

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

      And I love how you think the solution to the presence of something is for it to be even more pervasive. Do you think there would have been fewer injured in this situation if more students had guns? Students were injured in the CROSSFIRE between two students who had guns. Would more shooting have helped?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • sandalista

      So true! These stupid European countries know nothing. We are wayyy smarter than that!
      So every school gets one tank, one Armored Humvee and armed guards with machine guns at every entrance. Every teacher has to wear a semi automatic weapon to stand a chance and at least 200 rounds of ammo around their shoulder. Instead of potty train children we should send them to gun handling courses or home school them on the range. Every child from age 3 on has to have a gun in the back pack. All school windows need to be bullet proof. Only then will we be free and safe!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Gary

    The 911 conspirators didn't own a gun and they killed thousands in one day!..... But who's complaining it was the big jets fault ?????

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

      But killing isn't the primary purpose of jets, nor do we allow just anybody purchase and fly a jet. Maybe we should make the process of getting a gun just as long as involved as becoming a pilot, is that what you're saying? I would approve of that.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • sandalista

      Now that is brilliant logic (if you are a 5th grader)...

      January 22, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Captain Crash

    I think The United Nations should designate Texas as a World Cultural Heritage Site to protect a rare cultural legacy place in the world where people in a college can still just pull out a gun and shoot each other, and where its Governor carries a gun when jogging.

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

    "Word on the street" is that this was an argument over a girl. Good job guys.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Milam

    How many mentally ill people go to college? Two? What a coincidence.

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