UPDATE: 5:34 p.m.
It appears that an argument is to blame for the shooting that took place at the Lone Star College north Harris County campus. Harris County deputies say two men were outside in the courtyard fighting and shots were fired from a handgun. Two people of interest are being questioned. Three people are in the hospital with gunshot wounds, including a maintenance man who was an innocent bystander hurt in the crossfire.
Another student has also been taken to the hospital with heart conditions.
Richard Carpenter, chancellor for the Lone Star College System, says one of their employees – a maintenance man – was shot in the leg, but is in stable condition.
Carpenter says the shooting happened outside, between buildings in the center courtyard of the campus.
UPDATE: 3:24 p.m.
A second suspect is reportedly in police custody and has been transported to Northwest Medical center for treatment.
UPDATE: 2:55 p.m.
Two people have been arrested in connection with this incident. This was believed to be an altercation between two students. A member of the staff who attempted to intervene might have been the third person involved.
Two people who were shot are in surgery at this time. No further word on what their condition is.
All students have now been evacuated from Lone Star College. The North Harris campus will remain closed for the rest of the day. This information was tweeted via Lone Star College’s official Twitter account.
UPDATE: 2:32 p.m.
A man believed to be a student, Jody Neal, 24, was reportedly one of the wounded taken to Ben Taub for treatment.
UPDATE: 2:17 p.m.
Investigators say a second suspect fled north of the campus toward a wooded area and nearby subdivision. He is believed to be a black male, wearing a Falcons hat and a red shirt.
UPDATE: 1:49 p.m.
ATF and K9 units are reportedly stil searching the wooded area near the college for an additional suspect. They are also on the lookout for weapons used in the incident.
Two of the people injured were taken to Ben Taub hospital. A witness told News 92 FM that he heard six or seven shots ring out.
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UPDATE 1:32 p.m.
Deputies are reportedly searching the wooded property nearby for the suspect in this incident. Another suspect was believed to be one of the three people injured.
Businesses and schools are closed in the area. Drivers are asked to stay out of the area to allow emergency crews and first responders to get to the scene of the incident.
The college’s website has the following information on the home page:
“ALERT: LSC-North Harris-Shelter in Place
LSC-North Harris is under a shelter in place. Students, Faculty and Staff are advised to take immediate shelter where you are.
Posted 01/22/2013 at 12:47 pm
Lone Star College System is committed to providing a safe environment in which to learn, study, and work. We are better prepared for an emergency thanks to the many men and women here to serve you.”
UPDATE: 1:17 p.m.
It is believed that the suspect is among the three people who were believed to be shot on the campus of Lone Star Community College in north Harris County.
Students have been moved to safety.
UPDATE: 1:07 p.m.
At least two people have been shot, and it is possible a third was shot as well.
Police reportedly have one suspect in custody and are in pursuit of another suspect. Nearby businesses and schools are on lockdown as a result.
HARRIS COUNTY – According to reports, at least three people have been injured at Lone Star Community College in north Harris County.
A number of emergency crews are on the scene. No injuries appear to be life-threatening at this time. It is not believed that authorities have a suspect in yet.
Other crews were entering the library with stretchers, as students ran out.
The only thing campus officials can confirm is that the school is on a lockdown.
News 92 FM is on the way to the scene and we will have more information as this story develops and more details are available.