Three Wounded in Houston-area College Shooting
Written by Nate Smail
Last updated on January 23, 2013 @ 3:44PM
Created on January 22, 2013 @ 2:44PM
The following information comes from reports from CBS and CNN.
(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, it appears three people were injured - but the account of who they were differs from information we received earlier from a school spokesman.
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 people 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.
(Updated at 4:52 p.m. ET)
A law enforcement official briefed on the 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.
“His 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 3:06 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.
UPDATE (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.
UPDATE (2:32 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.
ORIGINAL STORY (2:30 p.m. ET TUESDAY)
This is a 5 News Alert to a developing story out in Texas: Tuesday afternoon, there was another school shooting.
In this case, we know from local reports that several people were seen being wheeled out of Lone Star College on gurneys, and there are multiple suspects.
CNN is reporting that one of those suspects is in custody, but one is still at large as of 2:30 p.m.
At last check, the school is still on lockdown.
Keep it here to wdtv.com for the latest updates on this story, and tune in to 5 News this evening for more information as well.
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