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. Jim_34

    Newsworthy eh

    January 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Arizona Prepper

    Some people like my family prepare, stock up on food, ammo, water, guns, etc. Some are just sheep waiting for the anarchy to come get them. My kids are home schooled, and a gun is never far from them. We don't worry about safety. People like me will be the key to human survival if anything major happens soon, and all of these liberals will be defenseless, unarmed, and begging for the help of preppers like me.

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

      Reposting your comment doesn't make it sound better just makes you look desperate to be heard. You would own a gun.

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

      More likely the Liberals will be shaking their heads as your family makes the evening news when one of you, accidentally or on purposely, shoots the other members of your family with your guns. You sound very fearful and paranoid, this is not exactly the most ideal gun owner.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. will

    This is horrible. Schools at any level should be a place for kids to be safe & learn about the world. They should look at all the mass shootings more seriously.

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

      Looking at it seriously will not change the idiots that are ready to initiate violence. I carry a gun for defense only.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. smacknfact

    Another nice try to scare Americans into stricter gun control.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Clearlight

    Congagulations America! This is the forth school shooting with multiple victims so far in 2013 and we're only 22 days into the new year. With the NRA, the American gun lobby, and gun extremists everywhere blocking reasonable gun ownership measures like universal background checks and a ban of assault weapons and high capacity magazines, who knows, we might even break our own world record of the most gun deaths in a country in one year, Yahoo! Way to go, America! USA! USA! USA! USA!

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

      This is not a school shooting. The targets were not students or teachers. It was a shooting at a schoolk yes. But it was between two people. Two very bad people who had a very bad disagreement.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • seth1611

      There's always Mexico.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Arizona Prepper

    Give every good man, woman, and high school age boy a gun. Crime will practically vanish!

    January 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. qwerty

    this is just the sort of scenario the NRA is dreaming of – people carrying their firearms around with them and shooting it out with their fellow gun-lovers to see who survives ....

    January 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Arizona Prepper

    Hearing this story today, I figured I better go check the ammo shelves at walmart, and guess what? They are still empty! Obama has caused a shortage of ammo for honest American citizens who need it for protection.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul cos

      It just shows how metally ill gun owners are that they want to militarize our communities and turn our societies into guntoting police states.They want EVERYONE to live in fear of each other to govern by the gun and to die by the gun.When a school has more guns then book we have a problem.The NRA and the crazy preppers need metal health checks,we should ban these dangerous people from our communities.People who spread fear should be stopped

      January 22, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rick Thwaites

    So where were all the armed Texans that were supposed to prevent this kind of thing. Afterall, isn't this the theory that the NRA is promoting? Arm everybody and nobody gets hurt. Right. And I have a bridge to sell you.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dont be a sucker

    He're the main problems with trying to 'control' guns.

    #1,..The 2nd Amendment is NOT about hunting, or even self defense, The Declaration of Independence (and many Founding Father quotes) CLEARLY state that the reason for people to be armed was so that they could remove the Federal government from power if it led the People to Despotism.

    #2...The Genie is out of the Bottle, ...You could destroy every gun on the planet–But–Someone somewhere knows how to build more.

    #3..."Cops are there to protect us"..This is a TRAGIC Fallacy, even the Supreme Court has ruled police have NO obligation to 'protect you', they are there to help out as much as they can....Tell me, how well did the police 'protect' these 26 poor people in Conn. ?...No amount of laws will stop a determined wack-job.

    #4..."Guns are for weak people"...""Guns are evil""...Are cops 'weak' ?...Are cops evil ? Why do we give 'good' cops 'evil' guns?....Lets say a mother is being beaten (possibly to death) by a nasty Boyfriend...The woman's 12 y/o son is physically inferior to the Boyfriend–But–with the help of the gun, he prevents his mother from serious harm or death.....Was the 12y/o "weak" for using the gun?...Was the gun "evil" in this case?....If you answered "yes" to either question, you need your head examined.

    #5..."People can't be trusted with power such as guns"...Vermont has some of the most 'relaxed' gun laws in country, yet in 2010 they had 3 of the top-10 cities in the Nation to raise a family....Compare that to places that had outright bans or MASSIVE regulations–(New York / Chicago / D.C.)....My friends, it's the people, not the guns.

    Which leads us to the 'juicy' element #6, and the real crux of the issue..."Lets just keep the guns from the Crazy people"...Okay...But...Who determines who is allowed to own a gun based on mental state ?...If you said "Well the government of course"...I say to you to go back to point #1...Allowing the government to determine who gets to have guns or not is like allowing the Mafia to pick which cop is going to investigate them.

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

      I agree with you.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • seth1611

      All great points! Well done.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      awesome reply

      January 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lone Star

    Don't worry, Gov Ricky's gonna pray it all away. That should solve it. Idiot.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chi-town

    you think 1980's Crackbabies care about gun laws welcome to Chiraq GBE#300

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

      And how many people got wounded in the 'cross-fire' ?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chi-town

      there were some kids that got hit a little girl selling cookies on side walk plus more kids, like u care

      January 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dont be a sucker

    Hey folks...Another Example of what 'Big-Brother' thinks of you

    "As much as I oppose the average person's having a gun, I recognize that some people have a legitimate need to own one. A wealthy corporate executive who fears his family might get kidnapped is one such person. A Hollywood celebrity who has to protect himself from kooks is another. If Sharon Tate had had access to a gun during the Manson killings, some innocent lives might have been saved." [Joseph D. McNamara (San Jose, California Police Chief)

    Translation.....If you're rich and powerful, you deserve protection...If you're just some 'average' person off the street; To hell with you

    And Liberals worship these Public 'Servants'...Un-Real

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

      Rich and powerful = targets of kidnappings for ransom.

      Poor average joe = target of the contents of your wallet.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • dont be a sucker


      never mind....You're obviously too brainwashed to 'get it'

      January 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noah

      How would you pay to provide protection for everyone in the country... Would it not be easier to not have that many weapons out? If we should just have a personal body guard paid for by the government for everyone, I'm all with you.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Armed Constantly

    You are either armed at all times, or you are a victim waiting to happen. I wouldn't walk out to my mailbox these days without at least a 15 round pistol. I don't go to the store without a rifle and a 30 round magazine. Face it folks, there are just too many armed idiots out there, so people like me have to be able to defend their family. Same goes for these schools....arm the teachers, and the shootings will stop.

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

      Glad I don't have to live in abject fear, like you, pal.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • cs

      I feel truly sorry for you

      January 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darryl

      And that means you and your family are now 20 times more likely to be the victim of that every same weapon. So, another thing to be afraid of.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vader

      Do you sleep in a bunker, as well? Sheesh... paranoid much?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larrybeo

      Fear is a powerful thing. When what you do to survive kills the things you love, life has lost meaning. Do you have a family? Do you have friends? Do you have loved ones that look up to you?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • dont be a sucker

      don't you people know a troll when you see one ???

      January 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dick Gezinya

      All you gun loving nut jobs should move down to Texas. Then Texas should secede from the union. You can all shoot at each other while the rest of us live in safety and peace. Problem solved!

      January 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. J Robinson

    Let's just shut down all colleges. It is apparently a breeding ground for violence. Let's suppress free speech. It is apparently a breeding ground for violence. Let's all just buy a bunch of guns and hunker down. Sounds like a plan to me.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
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