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. Armed Constantly

    Any criminal that crosses my path is going to be stopped right then and there. No need for a trial, no need to support him in prison, it will be done with. Society needs more people like me

    January 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • catsnake

      "People" like you should be euthanized. Look it up.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • samikep

      I guess your just going to let them kill you and your family catsnake?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SpencerRifle

    Interesting...but since I am neither a Texas resident or live in Texas it's ultimately none of my affair.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. catsnake

    I hope my kids never have to go to a school that has a student population that looks like that. I sure as hell wouldn't. I'd move to Montana first.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noah

      I'd hope my kids never go to a school that is related to people as narrowminded (dumb) as you are.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • samikep

      Because people in Montana don't have guns... LMAO...

      January 22, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Armed & Angry White Man

    I have HAD IT with the violence that blacks are bringing to all of our cities, and I prefer to home school, and keep my family safe at home where I have more than three dozen guns available. We have thousands of rounds of ammo, food, water, and a generator. This world is falling apart now that we have let Obama destroy this country, but a few of us will survive.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • ForFun

      O yeah was that guy at sandy hook black?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      "It's more common for an armed homeowner in the United States to be a victim of suicide, homicide, assault or an accidental shooting than it is for that person to shoot an intruder" – research for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the 1990s which found that people who have guns in their homes are nearly three times more likely to be a victim of homicide and nearly five times more likely to commit suicide.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jt_flyer

    Another example how guns ruin the american dream. Two selfish pea brains with total disregard for the people around them. And the gun nuts blame the media.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. stanford

    Another shooting? No shootings in DC on Monday, over 800K in the giant crowd, many those African Americans persons, probably some union supporters, no doubt municipal workers and certainly those other government employees we here so much gripping about from republicans – but no shootings- Go Figure!

    However, 5 shot at 3 different guns shows where, I just guessing, everybody had a gun – Go Figure!

    Guns were reasonably restricted in one event, not so much in the others – So gun control does work!

    January 22, 2013 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ForFun

    This is starting to become funny. You have gun nuts on one side and crazy liberals on the other. These debates are as partisan and ridiculous as abortion or gay rights.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scared but Armed

    I wouldn't go to my bathroom these days without my pistol. This is what the world has come to. You can't blame so many for going to to buy guns over the last few weeks.

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

      Have you actually ever had to use your pistol in your home to protect yourself? Heck, have you ever had to use your pistol outside your home to protect yourself?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vicki

      Actually, that is what America has come to, much of the rest of the world is pretty safe. Maybe you should move.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NotYoDaddy


    It's the Media's..........."Year Of The Gun"

    Every time someone pops a cap in someone'sass we are going to have a week's worth of finger flapping over it.

    Kind of like the 90's version of the Year Of Child Abuse

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

      You hit the nail on the head. Shame on the media.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Correction to the silliest argument ever

    "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." -NRA propaganda, spinning a non-relevant fact

    "Guns don't kill people, PEOPLE WITH GUNS kill people!!!" -Fact

    I also have a very hard time buying the argument that the government can't be trusted to be the only instance to have guns because you have to have a possibility to protect yourself from a malicious government.. Let's earn up to the fact that government has so much fire power at their disposal that no gun nor assault rifle will have any effect if the government really wants to get you. How will you ever stop a heat-seeking missile, tank, bomber etc. etc.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mrpoopyhead

    yeah, it's too bad there wasn't a chl holder around, they would have shot and killed both of 'em just for having a private argument in public

    January 22, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Yes, you can take out people that might be veterans – Fort Hood is the largest military post in the free world.

      January 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rickstas

    It appears the nuts want to kill as many people as they can before the assault weapon ban goes into place.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DrWu2

    Let me guess... The shooting took place in a "gun free zone" which effectively disarmed all law abiding students and teachers at the college, the shooter(s) completely disobeyed all gun laws in the process, no military style "assault rifles" were involved, handguns were used, less than ten shots were fired before innocent bystanders were seriously wounded.

    This is typically how a vast majority of the school shootings occur. And just like the Connecticut shooting not a single gun control law that is being considered by the White House would have stopped or deterred this shooting either. Getting rid of the "gun free zones" which have become shooting galleries for law breakers and criminals and putting armed guards on school campuses at least might have allowed other students the ability to protect themselves. At least armed guards would have been a deterrent.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ztom

      Most colleges have armed guards. Do you have information saying this college did not?

      January 22, 2013 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. wonderful world of weapons

    There is obviously a problem in this country.One side says : " take away the guns..." The other side says : "..." ,wait, what are they saying ?

    January 22, 2013 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Buckeye Jim

    Disarm all Texans. Send in the Marines.

    If this had happened in the parking lot of a strip club, it wouldn't even be the top story on the local news.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
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