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. Scottish Mama

    Emergency Alert System

    January 22, 2013 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      Hey SM, how are you.

      January 22, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    I'll bet the liberal media staged this incident to re-ignite the gun debate.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bom-NO

      I'll bet you're looking for a way to blame someone for no reason.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • krehator

      You mean like anti's blame law abiding gun owners for what criminals do?

      January 22, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • bradfromearth

      No they just spun it to sound like a mass shooter. All it was was an argument between two people and one shot the other. At a school. Happens all the time and is barely local new.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • tonyoconnor

      No...it was Piers Morgan! Without which he wouldn't have a show lmao This will surely keep him going for at least another couple weeks.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BOMBO

    Guns don't kill people. People kill people. Guns just help people kill with much greater efficiency. Somehow, that's a good thing, according to the NRA.

    January 22, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • krehator

      No guns were used on 9/11.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • tonyoconnor

      No...guns don't kill people, bullets kill people.

      January 22, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • tonyoconnor


      January 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      How about register the bullets and control the manufacture and sale of all bullets.also make it illegal to make bullets t home.

      January 23, 2013 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. Toni

    Americans do love their Second Amendment Solutions.

    January 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShawnDH

      Yawn. Nobody is afraid of your keyboard anti-American terrorist threats. Grow up, Stupid.

      January 23, 2013 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |

    Gun advocates ask yourselves if more people on the campus were armed how many more would have been injured or killed.

    January 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    It was gang related, the man who shot the guy had the gun illegally! So were going to take them from legal carries?

    January 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SgtRock

    Carrying guns makes everyone safer. We should ALL get concealed carry licenses and solve petty arguments with deadly force, and the NRA will be happy to sell us the guns and ammunition.

    January 22, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. krehator

    Take away guns and criminals just invent new ways to kills masses of people. In the end, they are still killing, and the innocent people are defenseless.

    Thousands of people were killed on 9/11 using box cutters. The terrorists could not get guns on-board so they simply adapted. That is the same thing that criminals will do here in the USA. They will adapt.

    January 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mgrgurich

    Which one was the good guy with a gun and which one was the bad guy with a gun? If an armed guard had been on scene who would he have shot first? Gunman #1 or gunman #2?

    January 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dashabi

    now daily routine

    January 22, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dashabi

    what did I say?

    January 22, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. joe

    daily routine nowadays

    January 22, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. blaze562

    Obama makes new gun control laws but see what happens. Guns will never be controlled nor any new law written will be obeyed by all. Criminals are criminals no matter what and they don't obey laws..

    January 22, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael Andrew Ruzicho

    Vice President Biden what do you have proposed for gun control and regulation? These type of events occur even with laws that do not allow guns on college campuses. Outlawing guns on college property in truth is not effective when it can happen or occur either way sir. What needs to be done? Are we going to get paranoid to where we have a customs check point to search cars and scan? Why should America live in paranoia? Should we ban guns period? Or should we with common sense enforce and create safety laws and regulations and move forward? Should every gun owner be insured as a vehicle?

    January 22, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DJD

    Right wing voting block are the uneducated poor to middle class "god (and everything else) – fearing" Americans and the uber-wealthy business owners that underpay them in their corporations. Right wing underfunds public education to keep their voting block uneducated. Republicans gin up fear – fear of non-whites, dark foreigners, gays, "big government", and terrorist attacks in tiny towns in the middle of nowhere. So the uneducated buy guns. And more guns... As the gun manufacturers line the pockets of the right wing via their lobby group, the NRA.

    January 22, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
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