Three people, including one gunman, were reportedly wounded during a school shooting at North Harris Campus of Lone Star College on Jan. 22. The college and surrounding schools remain on lockdown.
Students at the North Harris Campus of Lone Star College, a community college in Houston, TX, have taken shelter after reports of two gunmen appeared on campus on Jan. 22, CNN reports. HollywoodLife.com can confirm that three people received treatment from medical personnel before being taken to hospital, and three people have allegedly been shot. Another victim is reported to have had a heart attack, says CNN, and two people were lead away from the scene in handcuffs. The two suspects have been taken into custody.
School Shooting At Texas’ Lone Star College
School spokesman Jed Young confirmed to CNN that three people, one suspected shooter and two seemingly unintended students caught in a “crossfire”, were wounded during the shooting. The shooting occurred after an argument between two people, and it happened in the school library. The wounded suspect is in custody, while the police search for the second shooter, who is not believed to be on campus. A fourth person is said to have a heart attack, but no deaths have been reported. The danger has been mitigated.
Footage from Houston, TX CNN affiliate KRPC showed a massive number of law enforcement personnel and emergency responders swarming the entrance to the campus. A spokesman for the school has confirmed that more than 10,000 students are at the school. Investigators say that the shooting happened shortly after noon.
After being asked to take shelter, video from KRPC showed the law enforcement personnel moving people from one part of the campus to another. Another CNN affiliate, KHOU, reports that the students were filing out of the library on campus. Students were seen “jogging away” from some buildings on the grounds with their hands up in the air, which CNN presumes is in response to police instruction.
Two people have been transported to Houston Northwest Medical Center, spokeswoman Ashley Walton tells us, though she wouldn’t provide any further details about the patients.
KPRC reports that deputy constables have at least one person in custody, but they have not confirmed if that person is a suspected shooter. Investigators have said that a second suspect, an 18-to-20-year-old black male, wearing a red shirt and an Atlanta Falcons hat, fled the campus, heading north to a nearby subdivision. Deputies are actively searching for him.
A witness told KPRC that she hid underneath her desk, while she heard five or six gunshots. CNN reports that The FBI and ATF have sent agents to assist local authorities.
The Reason For The Shooting
An unidentified student who says she witnessed some of the shooting told CNN affiliate KHOU that an argument between two people preceded the gunfire.
One of the shooters, she said, told someone: “I don’t want to fight you; I’m not trying to go to jail.” She said the shooter “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.
Another Eye Witness Account
Another student called Amanda Vasquez was in a classroom near the library during the shooting, and she told CNN what happened:
“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.
Amanda hid under a table during the ordeal, and she believes that the shooting may have happened in the hallway near the library.
“I called my mom to (let her know) I was OK (and that) I loved her, just in case anything was going to happen,” Amanda said. “… At first she didn’t believe me … but I kept telling her it’s happening and need you to call the cops.”
The Governor Of Texas Reacts
Texas Governor Rick Perry is being briefed about the situation by law enforcement personnel, says his spokesman.
“His thoughts and prayers are with those that have been impacted,” his spokesman said. “We have nothing more to add at this point, but the governor will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
We will continue to update this space as more details on this very scary situation are made available, HollywoodLifers.
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