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. traveltopten

    Everybody and Anybody who criticizes CNN for reporting or over reporting this incident are incredibly ignorant. 3 people were wounded in what could have been another Virginia Tech. In light of recent events any school related shooting will be a high profile event across the media spectrum – from Fox to MSNBC. Reporting a shooting isn't sensationalism to advance a cause – it's called journalism – something FOX and MSNBC could use.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      No no you don't get it, TEH MEDIA is forcing people to show they care by posting thousands of comments and smashing F5 on the article to see every new development. Don't let TEH MEDIA contorl you, sheeple!

      January 22, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • traveltopten

      How am I controlled by the media, by simply stating CNN isn't some government funded propaganda machine seeking to steal our liberties? I read a combination of New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, and The Economist to cultivate my political views. CNN is there for breaking news not offered by more reliable counterparts.
      That bump on your head – it's not a tracking device implanted by liberal aliens seeking the demise of America – its just a tick.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gun Daddy

    When are you liberals going to wake up? We make these schools "gun free zones", then criminals come to them to find unarmed victims to shoot! We should allow teachers to carry guns, and explore the idea of armed students. Good people with guns make everyone safer. Statistics show this!

    January 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      Heh I know this was a troll post but just in case no one gets it, both people were armed and they were shooting at each other. Its news because they managed to hit two other people in the process.

      January 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • traveltopten

      If guns make us safe – why isn't America the safest nation, by far.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. badcyclist

    You know what would solve this? More guns.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frank Kargbo

    It is a fact that Rubert Lopez is one of those in the devil's influence. First of all smoking is the same as polution. To avoid
    smoking is to avoid technology.
    Caution: 'What Mama don't see Mama don't know" During those years, guns were very scare therefore guns' dangers
    not rampant, because they were not available to the public. Let us use our bodies for self defence win or no win we can live another day. We cannot fight fire by adding fuel to the fire.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jerry Pelletier

    Ever notice there is never a shooting at a donut shop....Cause that's where the cops hang out....Lets put a donut shop in every school, sell the donuts to pay for the cop and the cop will love to hang at the donut shop!...That will be the end of all shooting at schools!

    January 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      Every campus I have ever been on was LOADED with police. Of course all they were doing was writing parking tickets and chatting up the girls with the yoga pants.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. KrjMc

    Real men don't have to use guns to solve their problems. Didn't their parents teach them anything

    January 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Freecountry?

    Why is it that in a country with a population of over 300 million, two guys get in an argument and pull out guns and now it makes INTERNATIONAL news??? This stuff happens all over this country every day. Particularly on the streets of Chicago which has the strictest gun laws in this nation, at least one man, woman or child dies every day from guns. But they are illegal in Chicago so how can this be?? How about the victims of drunk driving? How about the 12 year old girl killed in the 70+ car pile up in Ohio yesterday? Why is this story international news but that child's death doesn't matter? Because HER death doesn't promote YOUR gun agenda. Do you know how many millions of guns are owned in this country? And two immature childish men get in a tiff in a college library, pull out guns like gang bangers and it makes international news. Ridiculous! Careful people, alcohol kills more than guns do. I think we'll start pushing to have alcohol banned and see how many of the liberals cry about that!

    January 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Because guns are specifically for shooting things and people, and cars are not? Dumbass? Because America is getting famous for being a bunch of gun toting yokels?

      January 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©


      January 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • medic1

      How many more shootings do we need to have before we enact some laws that make sense. Even in the old west, the marshal made people check their guns before coming into town.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      Because college is supposed to be safest place on earth (with all the friggin police around writing parking tickets) and two bystanders were hurt in the crossfire.

      If the two idiots had simply managed to kill each other then everything would have been dandy.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angi

      *like* "It happened at a schooooool! It doesn't matter that it was a personal conflict (like the one in Cali last week) not a spree killing!!! The BABIES! THE BABIES!!!!!!!"

      January 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • less

      Some people get into such a huff over a news story they don't like, and they're ready to pull out the guns and blow stuff up, show them Comminsticals and stuff who a bossman, ya'll

      January 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Have you not heard of political agendas?

      Why do you think inner city violence, again which happens every day, fails to make the news yet this makes international?

      Use your critical thinking skills. This story advances the all too popular current agenda to desecrate the 2nd amendment.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      medic1 – All I can say to you is; hook, line, and sinker.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Default

      Well said! I, with you feel that all these stories about gun violence are being pulled out to fill their gun agenda. Raising the pulse of an already heightened society. What people forget to do is think realistically. We are a large country with many, many people. This happens and has happened for years and years, even when there was an assault rifle ban. This is far from "International News" worthy. Two imbeciles that get into a gun fight over what was probably just a misunderstanding... What about those other larger and more important stories in the nation. What about some good/positive stories? Like other mass media i find that they are incredibly biased, and don't REALLY show what should be shown. They know guns are in the public's eye now so they cash in by posting anything they can possibly find. It works! it makes stupid things like this much bigger situation than they really are when compared to others.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Teapatriot

    Guns dont kill people, crazies do.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • UofARoadHogs

      Here we go again. The gun crazy people.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Repeal the 2nd Amendment

      Normal people don't own guns, crazies do.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Henry

    Why is this a national news story? Everyday people get killed by guns and two thirds of them are suicides.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdrel

      Because it happened on a school campus, and initially people jumped to the conclusion that it was yet another killing spree by a deranged person. Had it been more clear from the start that it was just an argument between two armed individuals it probably wouldn't make such a big story.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • kandy321

      A couple times a day, every day in gun free Chicago. Just youths having fun.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eustace

      Yahoo had this but it looks like they dropped it. Probably because it didn't involve an assault rifle. Anyone familiar with the area would tell you it's a bad neighborhood with plenty of gang activity.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dale

      "" Every News Channel Talking Heads "" saying, I don't know, well maybe, I cannot confirm that, then they ask questions at the scene the same thing, they say I don't know.
      News Agencies shut the Hell up ! "" Wait Until You Get The Facts "" and then report it.
      Quit F ing with peoples emotions "" To Get Ratings "" Stop It Now !!
      "" Quit Sensationalizing "" this kind of shift, only thing you are doing making copycats do the same thing.
      What I am saying, "" News Agencies you are getting blood on your hands "" News Agencies STOP sensationalizing shootings.

      ""All United States church clergy need to start speaking on this News Abuse"" !!

      January 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gregory Faith

      The spreading of information at the speed of light....here we go again...Misinformation hits the air way before it has been figured out and the left goes after the right.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      @ Eustace "Anyone familiar with the area would tell you it's a bad neighborhood with plenty of gang activity."

      Word? A college campus?? You are a joke

      January 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • dr1776

      Mr. Obama has ordered it to be. This way everyone thinks the sky is falling, and supports his agenda against the American people. He wants to sign the UN gun Treaty before his term is up.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Repeal the 2nd Amendment

      Really, Henry? What is the source of your claim?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Assault Rifle Owning Grandma

    Even I pack an AK 47 nowadays. I feel sad that our schools are unarmed, defenseless.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • ts

      Sounds like people had arms on this campus – and people did get hurt.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • dr1776

      Pretty sure gun violence is more common with other ethnic groups. Seems like you might have racism issues. Can't we all just get along.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike D

    yep time for everyone to lose their minds again.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Greg Faith

    OK Corral folks. Shame it had to happen at all and after all the media on the past killings out east that these guys did it in a college and not in their banger hood where they are always happening daily and not reported by the media.

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

    IIf stuff like thss were never reported on the news...never made into movies...it would not happen as often.

    January 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Yes, if we pretend we can't see it, it will all go away.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dave in Arizona

    "More guns will make America safer", they say.

    Except that arguments that would have gone only as far as a fist fight will now escalate to a gun fight.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Saka

    This is what happens when you put flouride in the water. Serious. That stuff is toxic as hell and messes up yer haid.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
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