Three people injured in shooting on campus of Texas college


One person was in critical condition and two others were taken to hospital with injuries after a shooting broke out between two people on the campus of Lone Star College near Houston yesterday, an official with an ambulance dispatch company said.

“We did transport three patients from the scene,” said Mark Smith, an official with Harris county emergency corps, which dispatches ambulances in that area.

“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.”

Mr Smith said he had been told that the shooting took place in the library near the centre of the campus.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Amando Tello said: “We do have, we believe, three people injured at this time. We also have a person of interest that’s being detained.”

He gave no further details.

A second shooter fled the campus, according to college spokesman Jed Young.

Neither police nor Mr Young said whether the second shooter had been apprehended, and it was not clear if the two people involved in the shooting were students.

The incident took place on the North Harris campus of the community college system. The campus was evacuated and closed for the day, officials said.

The campus is covered with pine trees and local media reported that authorities were searching a wooded area for the second shooter.

Four schools in the Aldine district near Lone Star College were locked down, said a spokeswoman for the district. – (Reuters)