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. ihoi

    Isn´t US safer than mexico...??????? whats going on......there has not been 30 days free without a shooting.......looks like mexico 2........

    January 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Andrea

    Maybe if Americans didn't reach for a gun every time they got angry or felt 'wronged' we wouldn't have such a problem?

    January 22, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David

    I hope they used an AR-15. We need to get that gun banned as soon as possible.

    January 22, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • NonBeliever

      An Ar-15 type rifle has been in the hands of citizens probably before you were even born.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Proud Aryan Patriot

    All good men need to stand up to stop what Obama is doing to this country. Buy your guns and ammo now, stock up, get ready the end is coming.

    January 22, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • richard

      AMEN !!

      January 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Clearlight

    Congratulations, America! There have been 4 school shootings with multiple victims so far in 2013, and we're only 22 days into the new year. With the NRA, the gun loby, and gun extremists everywhere blocking reasonable gun ownership measures from being enacted, 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 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. wonderful world of weapons

    If a person feels threatened all the time in his own house , he should get pills not guns

    January 22, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fully Auto Mom

    I say arm the kids. Seriously, if the good kids who kept their grades up were allowed to carry concealed pistols, these shootings could be stopped. At least give the teachers an AK or and AR 15. Schools deserve armed protection.

    January 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. roger davis

    I think you are kidding yourself. I have a neighbor that is into this prepping stuff, and they really believe what they are saying. There are plenty of them all around you.

    January 22, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Suck My Gun

    I will never GIVE UP MY GUN Obama, got it? I don't care how many shootings there are, I have a right to protect my family.

    January 22, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • xeno

      Obama doesn't want your gun. If he did, he would have done his first two years in office. It's time to get over the "Obama's going to take your guns" paranoia. Even the 23 executive orders he signed do nothing to curb your right to have a gun. Nothing. Frankly, those measures probably do more to ensure your continued right to have a gun, certainly more than this unending fear campaign will.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |

      Have your gun and then some. The bullets? That's another matter.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clearlight

      Yes, we all have the right to protect our families, but we don't need a rapid fire AR 15 or similar military stlyle assault rifles that can fire a hundred rounds in a matter of seconds with high capacity magazines to do that. There are plenty of other guns we can use to protect ourselves.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • sylvia fouty

      This should lay to rest the argument that students be allowed to carry weapons to campus. Most are still too immature to settle a situation without violence. It is sad that when you hear it was such a small number of people you find yourself thinking: "Oh, is that all?" By the way, Suck My Gun, are you protecting your family with an assault weapon? If so, who or what are you so very paranoid about?

      January 22, 2013 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • yuri pelham

      Where I live I don't feel the need for a gun for protection. I live in a civilized state, town and community. There is very little crime. I pity those who either don't have this good fortune or more pathetically have a defensive paranoid view toward life. Having said this I do lock my doors at night.
      I will be declaring the second ammendment nul and void in 2018. Hilary will be president then and Nancy Pelosi will be speaker of the House. Chuck Schummer will be running the Senate, Harry Reid being deposed when it was discovered he was (is) an NRA member. This note is not addressed to you "SMG" for I know you are being sarcastic and must support the confiscation of all guns. I am more liberal and would permit BB guns and archery equipment.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. OfCourseYouSay

    After all , it IS Texas

    January 22, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |

    What's the difference where it happens? You seem to be part of the problem...not the inevitable solution.

    January 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Solomon

    Down with NRA Down with NRA

    January 22, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. OfCourseYouSay

    Remember the Alamo

    January 22, 2013 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mhub

    "Texas Gov. Rick Perry is being briefed about the situation by law enforcement personnel, Perry spokesman Josh Havens said.

    "We have nothing more to add at this point, but the governor will continue to closely monitor the situation.""

    That is, the governor will be monitoring the situation and suppressing information so that we don't see how guns are used in Texas.

    January 22, 2013 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Getoverit

      It's ok. Obama is still "investigatng" Benghazi...

      January 22, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snazzy

      @getoverit......but we have that whole OBL thing taken care of.....not that it matters to a certain lot.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • NonBeliever

      @Snazzy and Terror Cells are still rampart committing acts of terror, not like that matters much.

      January 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. OfCourseYouSay

    politically incorrect

    January 22, 2013 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
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