An injured male is carried on a stretcher after a multiple
shooting at the Lone Star College Campus near Houston,
Texas. REUTERS/KPRC-TV Houston/Handout
Three people were wounded, one critically, when gunfire
erupted during an altercation between two people on a community
college campus near Houston, police said, the latest in a
series of shootings on US college and school campuses.
Two people "of interest" in the Lone Star College shooting
were detained for questioning, including one with a student
identification, according to authorities. "We are questioning
them now," Harris County Sheriff's Office Captain W.K.
Melacon told a press conference at the scene.
Authorities said the two people involved in the argument were
in hospital. A maintenance worker who had been standing
nearby was shot in the leg, and a woman with a student ID was
taken to a hospital with a medical issue that was not a
gunshot wound, they said.
An ambulance dispatcher said his company had transported
three people to local hospitals. One of them was in critical
condition and the other two were in "urgent" condition, he
The campus was searched and the all clear given, sheriff's
officers said. Classes were expected to resume on Wednesday.
The shooting at the community college with some 10,000
students was the latest incident at a US school since a
gunman massacred 20 children and six adults in Connecticut in
Acting Harris County Sheriff Armando Tello said the first
call to police about the dispute at the college was made at
12:51 p.m. local time and sheriff's deputies arrived two
The argument began as a verbal exchange and escalated to
shooting, authorities said. A handgun was involved but no
other information was given about the weapon.
The shooting at the North Harris campus of the community
college system occurred outside in the center courtyard,
School Chancellor Richard Carpenter said.
Four schools in the Aldine district near Lone Star College
were also locked down, said Leticia Fehling, a spokeswoman
for the district.
Student Amanda Vasquez said she was waiting for an English
class to start in a campus building when she heard shots.
"I heard about 6 shots ... Kids started rushing down the
hallway. It really happened so fast," she told CNN news.
Vasquez said people in the classroom closed the door, turned
off the lights and put a table against the door.
The Connecticut massacre shocked the nation and led President
Barack Obama to push for stricter gun control. Texas has a
concealed carry law that allows residents with permits to
carry handguns, but they are not supposed to be taken into
The Lone Star College System is the largest institution of
higher education in the Houston area, according to its
website. Student enrollment is 90,000 and there are six
colleges in the system.
There have been three separate shootings at schools and
colleges in the United States in the past two weeks.
On January 10, a student armed with a shotgun opened fire at
a California high school, wounding a fellow student. A second
student also received minor injures at Taft Union High School
in Taft, California, about 30 miles southwest of Bakersfield.
On January 15, a student armed with a pistol opened fire at
Stevens Institute of business & Arts in downtown St.
Louis, shooting a school employee and then turning the gun on
Also on January 15, two people were killed and a third
wounded when gunfire broke out in the parking lot of a
community college in eastern Kentucky. Authorities said that
shooting was a result of a domestic conflict.