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 Toting Patriot

    People like you liberals will be the ones that come crying to me some day when me and those like me are the ones with guns shelter, power, water, etc. We are prepared for what is coming, you aren't.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hawkeye321

      Back to your safe room, Cletus.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linus

      Who is coming? Godzilla?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • BK

      Except that nothing's coming, and paranoid right-wing nut jobs will never stop perpetuating that fear.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • A.Civil.Human.Being

      .... hahahahahahahaha. A caveman with a computer. Imagine that.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unknown

      So you are prepared to become an armed looter – how does that qualify you as a 'patriot'?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul cos

      You win my paranoid little friend...even if you have a shelter,guns,food and power,you sir are NO match for the worlds biggest and most powerful military.When your out there firing your gun at a couple hundred marines,dont forget to look up to see the stealth bomber dropping you a little something....The lesson is even if you have guns or dont have guns if the govt want them there is NOTHING your guns will do to stop them taking them away...your Food for a seal team,ask Bin Laden how that went down

      January 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      You are hardly a patriot for owning a gun. In my expereince, folks like you, just shivering in excitement of the opportunity to play the gun slinging hero, are in reality (1) immature, (2) paranoid or (3) trying to compensate for shortcomings in their real life. Hopefully, you just sound this way onlie and don't really think this way in your day-to-day life.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Leland

    The time to ban guns is now.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • RickInNY

      Um, no it's not. It's time to enforce the laws that are on the books and to close the loopholes.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. glonq

    Nobody realizes how absurd it is that American citizenship guarantees the tools to effortlessly end another citizens life?

    Even in smart and civilized countries, they don't put weapons in the hands of people who aren't police or military.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • kris

      how is it "smart" or "civilized" to only put guns into the hands of military or police?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sarah Palin Supporter

    What is it with Obama constantly trying to take away the rights of honest citizens? How can we have an armed militia if our citizens can't own semi-auto rifles? Think about it. We have a right to own whatever guns we want. We need them to fight off the maniacs in this society.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Clarke

    Oh ,here we go again. Get mad, pull a gun. These are the kind of people who make guns bad. There are more responsible gun owners then there are not. I am just glad it was not some assault weapon with many rounds.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mindstorms

    Whatever happened to an old fashion fist fight?

    January 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PerryW

    Nobody died. So everyone calm down.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe P.

      Yeah, the two bystanders who were shot don't matter.

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

    Good one David LOL

    January 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |

    Let's do what the NRA says – put armed guards in public buildings such as schools, also – install bulletproof glass in same buildings – all across America. Who will pay for it? That's right- we will. In other words, the NRA would rather have a massive tax increase rather then gun control.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sara

    Every Texas with a gun in his back pack-what a way to settle differences! Give to the Brady Campaign.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matt

    im actually from around here this isnt really what happened.... just saying

    January 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Todd

    In Casper Wyoming last month there was a man with a crossbow that killed a couple people at the community college. Do we need crossbow controll?

    January 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Biker


      January 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Theo

      Time to ban guns period. It's truly sad how stupid people justify everything with extreme exaggerations, like let's ban crossbows... or maybe someone guarding a school (like a retired police officer) could hold off a semi automatic rifleman as they check into the school... Let's keep dumbing it down for the idiot savants, the clueless and the truly stupid and cap it all under the second amendment which amazingly hasn't been read by those touting it's definition. The founding fathers did not have semi automatic military weapons. They had gun powder and muskets. GET REAL. GET A CLUE.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amy Pond

      This is the 5th mass shooting this year in the U.S.! THOUSANDS are killed yearly by guns. And you rarely hear about someone being killed with a crossbow unless it was accidental. So your argument is very silly.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Arizona Prepper

    This is why we keep our kids at home and home school. My kids are around guns all the time, protected by armed family members, so they don't have to worry about being shot. I wouldn't have an issue if my 15 year old son wanted to keep an AK 47 in his bedroom, as long as he was responsible and kept his grades up. I feel good knowing my family is well armed, with thousands of rounds of ammo as well as food and supplies put away for the anarchy that is coming.

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

      god bless ya

      January 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Biker

      You most have missed the article where a 15 year old boy took his father's (a pastor) gun. Then he shot his mother, little brother, and two little sisters. He said he did it because he was mad at his mom. Homes with guns have a high chance of homicides.... but I'm sure you're better than everyone else so that doesn't apply to you. HA!

      January 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • grafixer

      It is sad that you live in such fear. Even more sad that you are passing that paranoia and ignorance on to your children. If you are the example of what an you think an American should be, your family and your neighbors are in deep trouble. You are the ones that others should fear. Get an education. Get involved in your community. Stop the fear mongering. And for god's sake, don't pass that ignorance onto your children.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keri

      The guy in New Mexico whose 15 yr old son shot and killed the whole family probably felt the same as you.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • gb333

      I would hate to live in fear like you apparently do.

      You are no safer than I am, just a lot more afraid.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • markthisdown

      Can you please give me your general location so I can stay very, very far away from you?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • A.Civil.Human.Being

      kept his grades up ??? you Americans are simply incredibly.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James

    Anyone want to comment that this was a gun free zone? Isn't it evident by now that there will always be those that will not follow any rule or law?

    January 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • More Guns Less Crime

      Arm the teachers and students, and watch these shooting stop.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Biker

      Right! So why should we be making new laws, hell why not just get rid of the laws we already have. You definitely have a smart argument on your hands there.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • gager

      Biker, 50 thousand new laws last year has not caused a drop in violent crime. Laws do not cause people to stop shooting each other.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dont be a sucker

    Murder in America in 2011...By the Numbers according to the FBI

    -Rifles (this includes All centerfire and rimfire, semi-auto, bolt-action, and lever-action)....323
    -Handguns...(You ready for this?)...6,220

    -Blunt objects...496...More than rifles
    -'Personal' weapons (Fists, feet, etc)...728...Over twice as many as rifles
    -Various methods...Drowning, Poison, etc...1164...Close to 4 times more than rifles
    -Knives/cutting 'instruments'...1,694...Over 5 times more than rifles

    But hey lets go after rifles.....:eye-roll:.....Nothing like missing the Big Picture

    January 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • gager

      All non firearm murders from all methods is more than 12.5 times murder from rifles.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
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