Officials: Fight led to Texas shooting
by Associated Press Wire
January 22, 2013 05:45 PM | 1684 views | 3 3 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Lone Star College Chancellor Richard Carpenter, left, addresses the media at Lone Star College-North Harris Campus following a shooting on campus on Tuesday. Officials said a fight between two people led to the shooting and both were wounded, along with a maintenance man, who was caught in the crossfire. <BR> The Associated Press
Lone Star College Chancellor Richard Carpenter, left, addresses the media at Lone Star College-North Harris Campus following a shooting on campus on Tuesday. Officials said a fight between two people led to the shooting and both were wounded, along with a maintenance man, who was caught in the crossfire.
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HOUSTON — A fight between two people led to a shooting at a Texas community college, where a maintenance man was caught in the crossfire and wounded, officials said.

One of the people involved in the fight had a student ID, and both people were wounded and hospitalized, Harris County Sheriff’s Maj. Armando Tello said. A fourth person also was taken to a hospital for a medical condition, he said.

The two people involved in the fight are considered people of interest, Tello said. Authorities said they weren’t looking for any other suspects, and they recovered one handgun at the scene.

The shooting that happened before 1 p.m. sent students scurrying for safety on the Lone Star College System campus about 20 miles north of downtown Houston. Some barricaded themselves in the rooms they were in, while others fled to nearby buildings.

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.”

Richard Carpenter, chancellor of the Lone Star College System, said the shooting happened outside between an academic building and the library.

He described the maintenance man as “in good shape.” The man, said to be in his mid-50s, was listed in stable condition.

The shooting came one month after a gunman attacked an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., killing 20 children.

and heightening security concerns at campuses across the country.

In Texas, several school districts have either implemented or are considering a plan to allow faculty to carry guns on campus. Guns are not allowed on college campuses, but the Texas Legislature this year may debate a bill that would allow them.

The Lone Star Campus System is a gun-free zone, Carpenter said. State officials said the school had a plan to handle a shooting or other emergency situation.

“It has been safe for 40 years,” Carpenter said. “We think it’s still safe.”

At least 10 police cars clustered on the campus’ west side as emergency personnel tended to the wounded and loaded them on stretchers. Students led by officers ran from the buildings where they had been hiding as police evacuated the campus.

Keisha Cohn, 27, who also is studying to be a paramedic, said she was inside a building about 50 feet away from where the shots were fired. She heard “no less than five” shots and started running.

She fled to the campus learning center, which houses computers and study areas. Eventually, a deputy showed up and escorted people out, she said. Like many students, she ended up leaving her car on the campus, which reopened after 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Daniel Flores, 19, was in a second-floor tutoring lab with about 60 people when he heard a noise that sounded “like someone was kicking a door.”

Once he and others realized the sound was gunfire, they fled to the nearby student services center, where authorities kept them for about 30 minutes before letting them go.

Cody Harris, 20, said he was in a classroom with about six or seven other students waiting for a psychology class to start when he heard eight shots. He and other students looked at each other, said “I guess we should get out of here,” and fled.

“I was just worried about getting out,” Harris said. “I called my grandmother and asked her to pick me up.”
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NO-BS
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January 23, 2013
Lib:

Hope you don't choke on all that sarcasm. Your dream of a 3-way is truly repugnant. As for where the law abiding concealed carry permit holders may have been? Not carrying illegally on a Texas college campus.

My "only if" comment? Only if liberal's were classified and called out as the elitist, confiscatory knee jerkers that they tend to be.

I am saddened by your choice of words. Mentally ill individuals are sick and they deserve to have proper treatment options. The important thing to remember is that there is a difference between mental illness and inherent evil.

It is an indisputable fact that we have both in our society, but as a champion of diversity, tolerance, and as one who values the potential of personal achievement and integrity, I can say only this: we each have a responsibility to try to model good citizenship and show compassion to those who need help.

Lib in Cobb
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January 23, 2013
@No BS

I will assume you will have as much compassion for those who cannot live their lives without a gun as those who need mental healthcare. In this particular instance we don't know if anyone was mentally ill or just plain stupid. I will go with the later.

My sarcasm was designed to make a point to those who would jump in with pistols blazing in an effort to stop the carnage, you know, the more guns the better type.
Lib in Cobb
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January 22, 2013
So it seems that there was no honest gun bearing citizen who could have pulled out his/her pistol and stopped this two way gun fight. What a opportunity, this could have been a three way gun fight.

I will assume the local NRA members will make the usual nonsensical "only if" comments. Those comments will be much like the "only if" comments made after the Newton, Aurora, VA Tech and Tuscon mass murders, or the most recent New Mexico shooting where a 15 year old boy murdered his mother, father and three siblings.

Naaaaaaaaaaah, we don't need gun control. All we have to do is go out and find all the crazies who have the propensity to commit a mass shooting and lock them up.
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