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. Hippomikey

    You are right. people kill eople. it is just the guns that make the bullets go really fast.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. darknesscrown

    "And what third world dump are you from?" -- I don't think Americans have any place calling other countries "third world dumps" when this country doesn't even have universal or single-payer health care and borrows money to sustain itself. That's the definition of a third world country in many circles, actually. Compared to Germany, America is like Zimbabwe.

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

      Been to all extremes and while your histrionics are appreciated they do a disservice to those that really do suffer in 3rd world countries.

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

      really? we're third world because we want a different form a healthcare? exaggerate much? what are you? a 14 year old girl?

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

      @dfjdsldfj, how did I guess someone would single out the fact that I used health care and excessive borrowing to function as TWO running examples of how America isn't anywhere CLOSE to "first world" status and completely miss the overriding point. America isn't a "first world" country. Ever been to the South? I've seen nicer places in Romania than in some parts of the American South. What's more, they're proud of it. No desire to change at all. ...that's why things will never get better here.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Red Dog

    Every time there is a mass shooting CNN's editors and columnists start to salivate. Tonight Piers Morgan will report (once again) that we should all turn in our guns for destruction like the good sheep who live in his country. By the way....Why is he still here?

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

      Piers is still here because this is a free country where freedom of speecch is one of the precepts. Do you not like the way the U.S. operates? Do you not support the U.S. and the rights of people in this country? Would you prefer it to be like the countries where there is no free speech?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tom

    ...When you are the ONLY country that have this ridiculous Gun rights amendment crap, and the highest gun violence record by far of all developed countries...when do you start wondering if you are WRONG???

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

      Yeah, kind of makes you want us to give Texas to Mexico.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rochester

    Gunfire at another school? That's the sound of freedom, baby!

    So-o-o-o embarrassed to be an American sometimes.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dobish1

      So move to another country and you won't have to be embarassed. just saying

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

      If it's "Rochester" NY you should be embarrassed that two University of Rochester students on campus were robbed at gunpoint by two masked criminals of their electronic devices yesterday. Rochester.....talk about urban decay.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • daisy

      This was mostly in a bad area, where you will get those shootings if you run in a gang of course. Mostly a ghetto area. Reason you will need a gun for protection.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cory

    is it not weird that as soon as obama get's reelected and back in office that all these shootings go down? I don't mean to be a conspiracy theorist but before his 2nd term came about, rarely did you hear of school shooting's especially in the number that they are coming in right now.

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

      With all due respect Cory I think you have a short memory or are very young if you can't remember school shootings pre-Obama.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mion

      Um. There were shootings in Aurora (12 dead), the Empire State Building (2 dead), the Sikh temple (6 dead), Tucson (6 dead), in a Korean spa (5 dead), Seattle coffee shop (6 dead), at A&M university (3 dead), at a soccer tournament in Delaware (3 dead), in Accent Signage Systems' building (5 dead), at a Wisconsin spa (3 dead), and at Oikos University (7 dead). I didn't even put down most of them because there have been so many that it's hard to keep up. There is no conspiracy – these shootings are happening all the time.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. El Dandy

    More proof that shootings never happen in Conservative states with loose gun laws. The threat of armed civilians deters shooting crimes.

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

      this was in a gun free zone... great job making a point, genius

      January 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mion

      Yeah, because Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma and several other highly-armed states have been so safe. So safe, in fact, that they all had mass shootings this past year.

      January 22, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kalo

    Wait...what, blaming guns is like blaming cars for a drunk driver? You do know cars aren't meant to kill but to transport a person from A to B. Guns are built to transfer a killing device from point A to shatter and inflict harm at point B.

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

      Doesn't make any difference to the dead what the intended purpose of the device was that killed them.

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

      Then if cars aren't designed to kill, maybe Ford and Toyota engineers need to go work for gun manufacturers instead...since their "not designed to kill" products are pretty deadly.

      Also, alcohol has no purpose except to depress mental functions. We should definitely ban it! No one NEEDS alcohol! Wait, we already tried that? Hrmmmm....

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

      then let's make cars that can't go over the speed limit, right? there's no need for that, it just makes things more dangerous, right?

      January 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. indiana

    guns dont kill people, people do. While thats true, guns make it easier for that particular person to kill several people with ease. Trying doing that with a knife or a club

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

      Ok. COme here and we can try it. Which do you prefer? Knife or club?

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

      Rasumgal can't have a gun...

      January 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John Smith

    Guns donot kill people. People kill people.

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

      LOL! .... yeah, keep saying that to yourself...

      January 22, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. toto

    what the NRA have to say about that?

    January 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rasumgal

    Somebody needs to inform the ATF and FBI that none of this falls under their already bloated jurisdictions.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Time for Change

    Actually people do care. Reporting on a shooting at a college campus is not sensationalizing.

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

      obama changes things

      January 22, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dunlar

      Kind of is. This is a 2nd page story, at best, a couple of months ago.

      January 22, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • cloudraptor

      It is sensationalizing, and it will continue to be so until gun deaths from D.C. and Chicago are reported. Till then, nope.

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

      Really then why isn't the media report the thousands of incidents where gun owners defending themselves successfully?

      January 22, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. wrm

    Great, the [relatively] new way for someone to get his day of fame.

    January 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CJ

    When is the 'media' gona admit that their sentimentalization of these crimes and the fame they give the dirtbags drives these copy cat crimes?

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

      there has been no indication that this is a copycat crime. the first reports say that two guys got into an argument and then pulled out guns. bystanders got shot

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