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. chris

    what with innocent bystanders possibly being shot like the 2 who got shot in the crossfire of 2 cowards today?

    January 22, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Plumber of Nazareth

      Idiots and yobs, likely, but not cowardly.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. winstonsmith



    That's usually the gist of these articles. Oh, right, 2ND AMENDMENT 2ND AMENDMENT!!!!!

    January 22, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rev Dr Felix Nwosu

    is this what will be used to usher in his second term in office is unacceptable.this is a slap to American government.

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

    The same people who staged Sandy Hook staged this one!!

    (That's total BS, but we know we're going to start seeing these posts anyway, so here we go).

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

    Blam blam 'till they fall.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Billy

    Several Saved since no AUTOMATIC / ASSAULT weapons involved. Ban on ALL Rapid fire weapons is a MUST !! Ignore the rants of the Dogs of War !!

    January 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. not-fishing

    From the Lone Star College Site:

    I.F.1.01 Firearms/Weapons – Illegal
    A person shall not knowingly, intentionally or recklessly go onto the physical premises or passenger transportation vehicle of the System with a firearm or any prohibited weapon listed in Penal Code 46.05(a) unless pursuant to written regulation or law, or written authorization of the System.
    Violation of this law is a third degree felony. Penal Code 46.05 (See also Section: Student Code of Conduct, Section VI. Students, of Board Policy Manual).
    The physical premises of the System means any grounds or buildings owned or leased by the System, including, but not limited to, lots and land under the control of the System, or upon which a System building is located.

    Another Victim Rich Zone

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

      I think your logic is faulty here. There were *two* people with guns. One was the instigator (i.e., started shooting first) and the other answered the shots. It arguably could've been *wors* if only one person was armed, but you can't, in this instance, say that it would've been better if someone else had a gun.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tarbelle mohillian

    boycott violent hollywood movies. they are not helping with improving the morality of our youth.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fox Mulder

    Texas has nearly twice as many firearms in the hands of private civilians than the rest of the nation combined. Your argument is invalid.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Big_D

    I was worried then I realized it was Texas and they enjoy this.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Phil

    The NRA will probably say that they were legally allowed to carry concealed weapons and that they were supposed to be one of the good guys not one of the bad guys.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Vincent

    Seems like when more people are carrying weapons there are still arguments escalating, but now with shots fired and bystanders being hit.
    Were they both 'good guys with guns'? or both 'bad guys with guns'? Or maybe 'one good guy with a gun and one bad guy with a gun'? Either way, it seems that innocents were still being hit.

    Its like the wild west all over again.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Unbeliever

    Whatever happend to two grown men settling their problems like men... Thats the problem with scared untrained people carrying guns they think they need to use them when less lethal methods methods would suffice.

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

      They say that violence doesn't solve anything. They are wrong. Violence is the only thing that solves anything permanently. Two men can't have a disagreement if one of them is dead.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Namu Ayida

    America should abandon christian and adapt buddhism. Buddha teachs us not to kill. Namu Ayida.

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

      That would be too easy. This is America, remember.

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

      So does secular humanism.

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

      Pretty sure Christianity also teaches not to kill.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • knowthetruth1

      Neither does christianity

      January 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristina

      Killing is against essentially every religion and every mainstream group's beliefs. However, there are convicted murderers who are Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, athiest, etc. So there isn't really a point to be made here.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ElectricLion

    Well, I'm sure the NRA is happy to be vindicated. They keep saying that we need more guns on campus, not less. If there were more guns, crazies would be afraid to go on shooting rampages. What causes these shootings is all of these "sheeple" running around unarmed. If more people were armed, there would be less gun violence. So in this case, it's a good thing that there were guns present. Otherwise a simple argument might have escalated into a shooting. But the presence of firearms kept tempers from flaring, and luckily, there was no violence. And so, we all feel safer.

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

      And how do you know that it was two bad guys and not just one bad guy?

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

      I don't want to live in fear. This is not the America I want. I will fight to change it.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Your sarcasm is barely detectable.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pierre Paul

      So, how long did it take you to come up with that bit of wit and wisdom? Probably going to turn out it was to black males fighting over a dope deal gone bad. Or, perhaps to mex-e-cans.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • jb

      There is no concealed weapon laws in Texas. Any one on that campus could have had a weapon, so your logic is flawed horribly.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaveL

      You realize that your remarks won't be recognized as sardonic by a large proportion of the readers?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kristina

      gager-whether it was "two bad guys" or "one bad guy," how did the presence of guns help? If neither had a gun, nobody would have been shot. If one had a gun, one would have been shot. Because they both had guns, both were shot. So how did the presence of two guns help anything? This situation is the perfect example of why the NRA is wrong. More guns does not equal safer. It just equals more people getting shot.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
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