At least three people have been wounded Tuesday at the Lone Star College campus on WW Thorne Drive in north Houston after a student opened fire on another during an argument. Gunshots also hit bystanders.
The Lone Star College North Harris campus has been evacuated and is closed for the remainder of the day. The University of Houston system is on high alert, as a precaution after the shooting. There has been no security threat at UH.
Four schools in the Aldine district near Lone Star College were locked down, said Leticia Fehling, a spokeswoman for the district. Officials have closed several roads near the college and school buses were not able to enter the area.
Several law enforcement agencies are investigating the Houston Campus shooting, including the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Houston Police Department, ATF and FBI.
Jed Young, executive director of communications for Lone Star College, told CNN that two people apparently began shooting at each other in an academic building on campus. One of the shooters and two bystanders, both of which are students, were wounded, Young said.
One shooter was taken into custody, the other fled campus and was found by a Houston Police Department SWAT team in a wooded area and taken in custody as well.
Aerial footage from a local Houston television station showed police cars and ambulances parked on the Lone Star College campus. Emergency personnel could be seen tending to people on stretchers.
Mark Smith, an official with Harris county Emergency Corps which dispatches ambulances in that area said, “We did transport three patients from the scene. The patients were described as one critical, two as urgent. My understanding is that at least one of the patients had heart issues, not gunshots.”
Relatives have identified Jody Neal, 24, as one of the students shot and said he was taken to Harris Health Ben Taub Hospital Emergency Center with gunshot wounds to his arm, stomach and leg.
Stacy Neal, Jody’s sister, told KPRC-TV, “He was sitting in the study room. There were three people on the computer and a guy walked up the stairs and opened fire on him. They said it was just one guy that came in with a gun.”
Mark Zaragosa said he had just come out of an EMT class when he saw two people who were injured and stopped to help them. Officers had not yet arrived, he said. “The two people that I took care of had just minor injuries,” Zaragosa told KHOU. “One gentleman had a gunshot to the knee and the (other) actually had an entry wound to the lower buttocks area.”
Amanda Vasquez, a freshman who was in English class when the shooting erupted told CNN, “I heard about six shots, and kids started rushing down the hallway and a few even came into our class … They were just shouting. I couldn’t hear anything. For me, I was just trying to get under a table, get into the back corner of the room … and I called my mom just because I needed her to know that I was OK.”
This Campus shooting comes one month after a gunman attacked an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., killing 20 children.
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Emergency responders are focused in the area around the campus library. There are unconfirmed reports of three people injured. Medical crews can be seen tending to at least two victims outside the building. Their conditions are not known, nor the nature of their injuries. At least one person is being taken by ground ambulance to Ben Taub Hospital.
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Amanda Vasquez, s student at Lone Star College in Houston, TX, describes the shooting that took place in the hallway outside her classroom.