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. John

    Now remember, the president of the NRA stated that absolutely none of these shootings have anything to do with guns being as available as chewing gum at your local Walmart. If you have the money you can have one gun or one hundred guns and all the ammo you can stash.

    The NRA president said that the solution is to outfit students and toddlers with kevlar backpacks and arm all of the teachers. That way, we can expect to have full on shoot-outs at our schools between people of limited skill in handling firearms all while the children are in harm's way.

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

      Maybe if we had a government that actually cared about its citizens and would enforce the laws we wouldn't have these problems. Why pass new gun laws if you're not going to enforce the current ones? Welcome to the political show.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. john/kc

    It is against the law to have a weapon on the college grounds, so I guess the criminals doing the shooting didn't follow the law. The criminals will always have guns, it is just the law abiding that will follow the law and as an end result be at the mercy of the criminals.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Huh?

    Maybe i'm on the wrong path, but it appears we have several problems coming together at one time. First, we have a culture oi violence in this country that is reflected in music, movies, video games & literature. As a part of this culture, there is also a "John Wayne" / Testosterone culture that seems to preach a good guy (ALWAYS A GUY) with a gun will always have a faster draw then a bad guy. We have a money comes first society, so spending money on treatments for the mentally ill is out of the question. Mix in a culture of hatred and lies (think AM radio) whereby people are positive of the righteousness of their opinions and contempt for others of differing opinions – and willingness to believe any hateful lie that seems to back up their own viewpoint. Lastly, take a large amount of firepower – weapons and ammo – and remove almost all restrictions on such, throw it in the mix, stir and see what happens.

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

      Your view is definitely flawed.

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

      Sounds about right. It ain't gonna be pretty.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gun Maniac

    Yes, as per the GOP, we should all be carrying guns. Then when we meet up with someone we don't like, we can start shooting and take out everybody around us.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • newscale62

      Where are the conceal carry heroes?

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

      According to you, we should do what? Beg to not be shot if assaulted by a criminal? The truth is many criminals do get shot by citizens in Texas, but the liberal media doesn't report many of them, because citizens shooting armed and predatory criminals in their own defense is somehow to be discouraged. And do police officers not shoot bystanders form time-to-time? Like in New York recently. A balanced view is important.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      the bystanders should have been carrying guns too. if they were they could have fired back and protected themselves.

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

      Right on, Gun Maniac. Texas is leading the way (Thanks, Gov. Goodhair) to show how things should be done in all of Murica. When everybody is armed then nobody will have to take any lip from anyone. Stand your ground! Don't back down! Ready, fire, aim!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John D

    Kind of the more typical shooting scenario.

    Two knuckleheads get in a fight about something, and, because they're carrying powerful killing tools, they're easily able to escalate the dumb situation to one in which life and limb is at risk. And then innocent bystanders get hit in the crossfire.

    I hope they get the book thrown at them.

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

    So were the bystanders shot by the bad guy with a gun or by the good guy with a gun?

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

      excellent question

      January 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      Check the replay. The bad guy is the one with the red name.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rino

      love this remark!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CaesarXIII

    How come they don't report the shootings going on everyday in the ghetto's. There's nothing more hilarious than little Leroy getting shot over a pair of blue colored shoes

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

      LOL. I live in Chicago and that's not even news anymore we expect it to happen. Its news when someone doesn't get shot.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Greenspam

    Another school shooting... man...

    January 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MrNeedtoKnow

    WHy is this news media has a vendetta on guns but they never mention about killings with knives,automobile, bats, chop sticks, stranglings and etc... Maybe those crimes don't count because CNN is an advocate of the Left Wing going after guns. CNN need to report all types of killing and not just guns. Killing a human being is not more valued than being killed with a gun.

    What's funny is that Liberals that follow CNN to the "T" and believe that all the spew is the truth get all tangled and angry against guns without realizing that CNN, FOX NEWS, MSNBC, CBS and the other big wigs promotes anger, protest, lies, and crime. It is a big tool that the government use to pass their hidden agenda. I don't care if you are left or right wing wha I care is that people should stop believing what the news media says.

    People should start to think for themselves and not being a part of a system that thinks for you and makes you a slave of the Government system.

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

      because few people get killed with those things as compared to the killing done by guns, genius.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      Because generally those types of things happen inside the home or in dark alleyways, not on a school campus loaded with police/metermaids.

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

      You also rarely see "two bystanders stabbed by errant knife thrusts"

      January 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Unsilent Majority

    Yeehaw! Perhaps if we armed all the witnesses they could have shot the men before they pulled out their guns to shoot at each other, then if we also armed the patrons in the gas stations across the street they could have shot, the people who shot the two men attempting to pull weapons, then if we armed the lawn crew mowing the grass they could have shot the people who shot the people who pulled their guns on the two people that shot at each other.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike,Albany

    Apple pie and daily gun violence. It's the new American way. Isn't it great?

    January 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Repeal the 2nd Amendment

      Ain't that America, little pink houses for you and me.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pierre Paul

    For you trolls who look for misspellings, improper grammar, etc...in the above post, "to" should be "two." Sorry to disappoint you fools.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. James Cliff

    Can't have a mass shooting if everyone has a gun.

    #1 – No one in the world has a gun = BEST OPTION
    #2 – Everyone has a gun = SECOND BEST OPTION (Governments do it with nukes)
    #3 – Some people have guns = WORSE CHOICE (leads to massacres, oppression, etc.)

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

      So, you just want the criminals to have guns? They don't pay attention to the law. Think about it.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrNeedtoKnow

      If #2 is the only thing left then it is easy for the government supress and cause masacres, look at China.

      January 23, 2013 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. common sense

    No Paul, Guns are cheap. $500 is not expensive for anyone who plans to use it to murder.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Hrdwrknjoe

    One more nail in the NRA's / Gun wingnuts high capacity round assault weapons coffin. I don't care if they used a sling shot. We The People will ban high capacity assault weapons.

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

      Assault rifles have been banned for nearly a quarter of a century kid.

      You can't even get one unless you're in the military or law enforcement.

      Use your head!

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

      Someone didn't get shot with a automatic weapon today, better make those legal now too.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
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