Texas College Shooting Was Between Two People

By: KHOU 11 News Email
By: KHOU 11 News Email

HARRIS COUNTY -- Three people were shot at Lone Star College Tuesday during an argument between a student and another man.

Those two men both ended up with gunshot wounds and one of them shot and wounded a maintenance man who was an innocent bystander, according to acting Harris County Sheriff Armando Tello.

The shooting led to a campus lockdown and two-hour search for one of the gunmen who got away. Several nearby Aldine ISD schools were also put on lockdown as a precaution.

Lone Star College student Brittany Mobley said she saw the whole thing happen.

"I saw two dudes basically get into an altercation and the dude that shot, he basically got angry and started shooting the other guy," said Mobley. "A lot of people heard a lot of shots."

Mobley said the suspect had the gun hidden in his clothes.

"Basically, I seen the dude that shot him and as soon as I heard the bullets flying and the gun being fired off, then everyone started running and it was a hint for me to start running as well," Mobley said.

The shooting happened in the central courtyard of the campus in the 2700 block of W.W. Thorne Drive in north Harris County.

Mark Zaragosa, an EMT student, got some hands-on experience when he spotted two victims before police arrived.

"I actually had just come out of EMT class and I noticed that there were two downed victims so I stopped to render assistance," Zaragosa said. "The two people that I took care of had just minor injuries. One gentleman had a gunshot to the knee and the shooter actually had an entry wound to the lower buttocks area."

That suspect was handcuffed to a stretcher and taken to Ben Taub Hospital. A woman was also taken to the hospital after suffering a possible heart attack.

The campus and nearby Aldine ISD schools were put on lockdown while dozens of law officers searched each building for the second suspect. They also searched a nearby wooded area and the neighborhoods surrounding the campus.

Around 2:15 p.m., the suspect turned himself in at Northwest Medical Center with a gunshot wound, according to law enforcement sources.

Lone Star College closed for the rest of day, but students and faculty were allowed to return to pick up their cars and other belongings.

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Updates from earlier:

3:45 p.m.
New information from law enforcement sources of KHOU: both people in the argument that led to the shooting fired weapons at each other.

Both of the shooters were hit, along with an innocent bystander. A fourth person had a heart attack in the chaos.

The shooter who fled the scene eventually showed up at an area hospital for treatment.

All the gunshot injuries seem to be non-life-threatening.

3:15 p.m.
Law enforcement tells KHOU that all persons of interest in the shooting have been located, and that the situation has come to an end.

Lockdowns at nearby schools have ended.

2:30 p.m.
Law enforcement and witnesses from the scene tell KHOU the incident appears to have been an argument between a pair of people. One of the two pulled out a gun and started firing. Two innocent bystanders were hit in the shooting.

The person still being sought -- again, not believed to be on campus -- reportedly headed north from Lone Star College.

2:05 p.m.
In a very limited updated from law enforcement, the situation remains "on-going" with three people injured and a person of interest detained. Authorities did not mention how many additional people they were seeking in the 2:00 p.m. update.

A spokesperson for Lone Star College says the campus is closed and everyone has been evacuated.

1:50 p.m.
KHOU reports the shooting may have taken place as a result of an altercation. It is not clear whether the person in custody was a shooter.

Also, four Aldine ISD schools in the area of the college are on lockdown as the search for a second person of interest continues.

An official briefing is coming up shortly, law enforcement tells KHOU.

1:32 p.m.

One suspect shot and in custody. Deputies searching nearby woods for possible 2nd suspect in Lone Star College shooting.

1:16 p.m.

A Texas college has gone into a lockdown amid reports of a shooter on campus.

Jed Young is the spokesman for the Lone Star College System campus in north Harris County. He says a shelter-in-place order has been issued.

Emergency personnel have responded to the Houston-area college campus.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office had no immediate details.

1:10 p.m.

Emergency personnel have responded to reports of several people being wounded at a Houston-area college campus.

Police and ambulance personnel were on the scene Tuesday afternoon at a Lone Star College System campus in north Harris County.

A spokesman for the college system, Jed Young, says a shelter-in-place order was issued amid reports of a shooter on campus.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office had no immediate details.

At least two people being cared for at the scene. One was being placed into an ambulance.

Further details on how the individuals were hurt and whether anyone has been arrested were not immediately available.


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