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. fineart

    There are over 300,000,000 million guns in the United States and the gun manufacturing companies are working 24/7 to make as much money as they can. They neither care who has these guns or what their used for. The bottom line for these people is money. The NRA is the advertising agency for the gun industry. If every man woman and child in the US had a gun at their disposal, the NRA would be delighted with the money they'd make. Their answer to Newtown was more guns, even having them in the class room. The simple answer is to remove these weapons that cause death, injury and many, many tears from our lives.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      fineart, your spelling renders your opinions meaningless. It's "they're"! Also, you do know that ,000,000 at the end of a number means million, right, Forrest?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • canyoudigit

      totally agree with fineart here.
      Bob on the other hand, has nothing better to do than correct grammar errors. he definitely shouldn't have a gun.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • kckaaos

      So, what you are saying is that you had rather 26 people die...mostly children...so that you can exploit their deaths as a political movement...GOTCHA. Me personally, I had rather Lanza shot the Glass and a "resource Officer" put a bullet between his eyes. But I understand your need for the political exploitation of dead children.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      Bob....LOL. While hammering someone on their grammer you butchered your own! "It's "they're"".....is not a complete sentence; it means nothing in and of itself. I'm guessing you don't have a good reply to fineart's valid point.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alicia

      The answer to this is not asking your opinion it seems.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  2. awill

    Wow, you are a sub-human piece of trash.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sean

    I live in Houston, this gun debate is ridiculous. You should have the right to own a firearm, and possess it wear allowed given you are of proven sound mind and past. However, the argument that people kill people is absurd. A gun takes very little effort to fire, and there isn't much a victim can do. The odds of you getting away from someone trying to kill you with their bare hands are inifinitely better. For the same reason your not allowed to own a nuclear weapon, not everyone should be allowed to possess a firearm.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Sean, you shouldn't be allowed to own a gun then...a person of sound mind would be able to spell "where" and "you're". Just what I need, a gun-toting illiterate.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • krehator

      Yes, but people who want to kill others will not stop just because guns are illegal. That is absurd. 2+2!=5

      January 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bob

    Beth, a guy used a gun to kill people. How does that 'prove' that guns don't kill people? Idiot. Whatever you need to tell yourself to keep your stockpile I guess...

    January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      Great argument Bob... Stalin and Hitler would stand right behind you... or on top of you.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hello

    anyone else have Spaceballs pop in their head?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chanel


    January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cheborneck

    The news and the government use this as fodder to lobby gun control. Responsible people don't shoot other people. But an armed responsible person might have been able to stop this perpetrator. Gun free zones = killing fields!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarahfalin

      When speeding is outlawed only criminals will speed.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • kckaaos

      That is probably what happened. Shooter 1 was taken down by shooter 2.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fabrice

    is it the new way to quickly become famous ?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Red Dog

      Obviously CNN thinks that all mass murderers deserve their "15 minutes".....and more.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • donkey

      Except these guys dont appear to be the real deal...mass killer wanna be 's. They failed at life, now they failed at mass killing. They can't even do evil stuff right. Can you say LOOSERS!!!!

      January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • kckaaos

      @ Red...CNN is in the business of promoting a political agenda...the pile of bodies is of no consequence to them.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The_Truth

    Oh no! Too much zannex again...

    January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rob

    Thank God we have a strong President with the resolve to lead this country in the right direction for better gun laws.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dobish1

      You are kidding right? Almight God Obama is the Savior. He isn't gonna do squat just like the last 4yrs.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      LoL....oh wait, you're being serious...

      January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2ashallnotbeinfringed

      I really enjoyed your comment, obama really has done so much for this country...

      January 22, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nash

      totally agree. Obama is the most successful president ever. Have you seen how big his house is?

      January 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sigh,

    A.S.S. – Another School Shooting

    January 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. robrickmon

    But this is impossible, colleges are gun free zones. So it is illegal to bring a gun there.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Guess we better just ban schools.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Why ban schools? We dont ban banks, we protect them..

      January 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mittyJ

    Will the gun nuts in the Texas legislature and that imbecile you call a Governor move into this century?
    More blood on your collective hands.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • kermitthefrog

      No blood on my hands. You support abortion as a form of birth control? That's blood on your hands. A right guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, or a right interpretted by a court? 2nd Amendment wins.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scottish Mama

    I would like to point out that it was republicans congress whom put forth the brady bill and the assault weapons ban. 1994 the first republican congress since 1964 and has been down hill since then.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoMama

      While elected in 1994, the GOP didn't take control of Congress until 1995. It was a Democratic Congress that passed the bill in 94

      January 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • kckaaos

      It might do you some good to see who has controlled Congress for the past 100 years or so.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. josie MO

    We need more armed guards in all public and private buildings!
    We need more armed guards on the streets!
    We can stop the violence if we arm the targets!

    January 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Valsie

      yeah- let's go back to wild west style- that really worked right????????????

      January 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dunlar

      We need more hysterical overreaction!

      January 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
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