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UPDATE: Texas College Shooting Was Between 2 People

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UPDATE

Authorities say the shooting at a Texas community college was the result of an altercation between two people, and at least one was a student.

Harris County Sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello says both people involved in the altercation were wounded and hospitalized. He says a college maintenance man was injured in the crossfire and also taken to a hospital.

Tello says a female who had a student ID also was hospitalized for a medical complication.

 The shooting happened before 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Lone Star College System campus about 20 miles north of downtown Houston.

 

 


 

ORIGINAL STORY

Multiple people were reported shot Tuesday afternoon when gunfire erupted at a Houston-area community college, law enforcement sources said.

A law enforcement source told NBC News that three people were shot and one person possibly suffered a heart attack. A college spokesperson said that two of the people shot were students and that a gunman was also shot. 

NBC station KPRC-TV reported that police had one person in custody in and were searching a subdivision near the North Harris campus of Lone Star College to determine if another person who fled the scene could be a possible suspect. 

Federal authorities told NBC News that it's still not clear whether the person detained in the shooting was a student.

It appears the shooting was the result of animosity between two people, federal authorities said, and that students got shot in the cross-fire. Several federal officials have said it was gang-related, but the exact nature of the relationship remained unclear.

At about 2 p.m. CT, the school said on Twitter that the shooting was between two individuals at about 12:31 p.m. "Danger has been mitigated. Situation under control," said the tweet. 

Live aerial video taken by the KPRC showed emergency crews moving two people on stretchers into ambulances. 

Police officers in SWAT gear were shown on the video entering buildings on the campus and bringing out students.

At least one person has been detained at the college, deputy constables told KPRC, but they did not say if that person was suspected of shooting anyone. Deputies were also searching a sub-division for another person who fled the scene. It has not been confirmed if that person is a suspect in the shooting.

A spokesperson for Ben Taub General Hospital confirmed to NBC News that two patients from the shooting had been treated there. It was unclear where the other reported shooting victim received aid. 

Witness Amanda Vasquez told KPRC she was in English class with about 25 other students when she heard shots fired, she thought in the hallway. She said she got under her desk, while other students ran out of the classroom. 

"Someone pushed a table against the door, Vasquez said. "And we were hiding and I was just trying to call me mom."

Police came in after about 20 minutes and said they could come out.

Jed Young, a spokesman for the college system, told The Associated Press that a "shelter-in-place order" was issued at the college due to reports of a shooter on campus. Students, faculty and staff were advised by the college website to take immediate shelter where they were. The school later said it was on lockdown. 

Lone Star College is a community college system based in the Houston region and has six campuses associated with it.

Lone Star College's North Harris campus is 20 miles north of Houston in unincorporated Harris County. The campus has roughly 18,000 students.

According to the Lone Star College website, weapons are not allowed on the campus. The school offers firearm safety courses through its Second Amendment Academy. 

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