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. Gun Owner For Life

    How long will it take people to get this? More guns in the hands of honest citizens would have prevented most of these recent shootings. More guns = less crime.

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

      Please give the data you have to support this claim.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • CFunk

      This is an example where that isn't true. More guns in the hands of honest citizens means that any conflict can end it a bloody shootout, where innocent people get killed and injured. If there were no guns in this situation, it would have ended in a fist fight, which is a much less cowardly (but still stupid) way to resolve disagreements.

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

      Perhaps your handle should actually be "Gun Owner for Death".....

      January 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Greg Faith

    Local PD 911 horseshoe..."911 what is your emergency?" 911 caller, " there are shots being fired at my college, get here now." Local PD chief, "Damn it, more overtime that we cannot afford!"

    January 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. glonq

    Guns don't kill people, people kill people. And that's why people shouldn't be allowed to have guns.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • My guns ROCK

      More guns = less crime = FACT<

      January 22, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Greg Faith

    Someone let the manimals out of their cages again.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. My guns ROCK

    If I had been the good guy and the bad guy pointed a gun at me, I would have unloaded my Springfield XDM into him, and it holds 20 rounds! I wouldn't have fired less than ten rounds into him, I can assure you that much. This is why we can't allow magazine restrictions.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • kandy321

      Paul Ali Slater would disagree, he's still alive because the homeowner only had a six shooter.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Greg M

    Another example of how safe the proliferation of firearms makes us.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. my gun is my brother

    If just a few of the teachers had been armed at the school, lives might have been saved. When will we start letting the good people protect themselves at schools? One or two teachers with assault rifles could have stopped this guy quickly. Just sayin.....

    January 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • medic1

      "if just a few of those teachers had been armed"? Then we could have had a crossfire possibly killing even more people.

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

      no one died becasue it was a gangasta shooting

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

      The only thing that can stop a bad student with a gun is a good student with a gun. Or, so I've heard.....

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

      If everyone was armed, how would anyone know who the criminal was and who was defending themselves? No, your proposal would lead to mass bloodshed. What do you think the police would do if they showed up, heard gunshots, and saw several people with guns? Answer: the police would shoot all of them, because it's the only thing they CAN do.

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

      My brother a Gun is only somebody's death not a brother or a sister.. Please Please listen .... more guns means more deaths.... NO MORE GUNS......

      January 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • no

      Not too bright, are you? Nobody was killed. Go back, read again.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Apparently both these students had guns to "protect themselves"

      January 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. afivr

    This is Lapierre's wet dream coming true.
    More guns, more deaths.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael P. Tosto

      I'm glad the mass media has programmed you, you should see how many criminals are stopped per day by armed citizens.

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

      The least you could do is get his name right.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ladok

      Uh,k OK Mr. Tosto, show us how many criminals are stopped every day by law abiding citizens. You can't because it just doesn't happen, it's a fantasy. The above scenario is much more likely, or a Trevon Martin.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • dont be a sucker

      hmmm...at last check, there have been zero deaths

      Perhaps this was 1 person about to go crazy with a gun, the other gunman was trying to prevent it, and in today's s}{itty political climate; he decided to not stick around because he'll be scorned instead of praised

      January 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      What deaths? Don't over react. No one knows what happened yet. Maybe someone with a gun stop another mass killing. Consider that

      January 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • TnSteve

      Mind you DWI is illegal in TX and the goverment cant stop it and thats why we need to be able to protect ourselves!
      By the way CNN covered none of these 100's of deaths! Why?
      Harris County has the highest rate of alcohol-related traffic deaths among the nation’s most populous counties, researchers say, and a series of horrific crashes blamed on drunken drivers in recent days seems to back the claim.

      Experts agree the county’s high DWI fatality rate is partly a byproduct of limited public transportation for the region’s 3.9 million residents and an urban sprawl leading them to drive many miles. Stepped-up enforcement by more officers patrolling the roadways at peak times for drunken driving offenses, meanwhile, keeps the county jail full of DWI suspects. Adding to the deadly mix is a stubborn reluctance to rely on designated drivers, or cabs and other services that keep the intoxicated from driving.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hot Carl

    What color were they?
    Nevermind, I already know. It's a rhetorical question.

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

      Actually it's a fair question. Let's see what CNN will say.

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

      HOT CARL...

      If I recall, or should I ask what Kind killed those precious kids in Conneticut. STOP SPEWING YOUR HATE. That's exactly why WE ARE ALL HERE. You don't like it find another planet.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    Yet another example of "responsible" behavior from "responsible" gun owners.

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

      Wrong, yet another incident by criminals who take guns to places where it's illegal! RESPONSIBLE gun owners left theirs in the car....Why is that so hard to grasp people?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. km

    Gov. Perry has been briefed! And he has not executed anyone yet! Amazingly kind man!!

    January 22, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. giorgio

    I bet it was a Category 5 "chimp out".....

    January 22, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. OldSchool

    Why are they all so fat?...

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

      I was asking my self the same thing lol lol lol

      January 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • FoolKiller

      Forget the "crossfire"... bystanders like that would be hard to miss.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • GOD of the GUNS

      The school is for the BIGGEST LOSER – that's why

      January 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fuzzynormal

    Is everyone in Houston fat? The photos from this story indicate so.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    Well, thank goodness they both had guns to protect themselves (sarcasm)

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