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Three injured in shooting at Lone Star College campus
The shooting happened about 12:20 p.m. at 2700 W.W. Thorne, near Aldine Westfield, and remains "an active and fluid scene," according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
At least two of the victims were wounded in the shooting and rushed to Ben Taub General Hospital. One of them was critically wounded. Details about the other person's injuries and condition were not released.
Deputies said a third person was hit but no additional information was immediately available.
Two gunmen were involved in the shooting, authorities said. One of them was taken into custody and other man was on the run. Law enforcement officials were searching the area near the campus using tracking dogs. KHOU reported that the other man was also in custody, but that has not been confirmed by officials.
Detectives in an unmarked police car arrived at Ben Taub General Hospital mid-afternoon. One who left about 3:30 p.m. said the patient inside was not a shooter.
Sheriff's Office officials have said they will provide an update at 4 p.m.
Investigators were still trying to determine what sparked the shooting, which may have occurred in the library and cafeteria, according to early reports.
"We know that shots have been fired and we are in a shelter-in-place situation on the campus," said Vicki Cassidy, manager of media relations for Lone Star College System. "It's a pretty chaotic scene at this point in time."
Cassidy said she could not provide any other details about the shooting. The campus is among six in the community college system of 90,000 students. The North Harris campus serves roughly 12,000 students.
Four nearby Aldine Independent School District schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution: Parker Intermediate, Dunn Elementary, Nimitz High School and Nimitz ninth-grade campus, a district spokesman said.
The college posted an alert on its website at 12:52 p.m. that the North Harris campus was locked down.
"Students, faculty and staff are advised to take immediate shelter where you are. Do not enter the campus until notified further," the message said. Shortly thereafter, the campus transitioned to evacuation mode and officials also asked others not to come to the campus.
Students and faculty described the moments when the gunfire rang out.
Faculty member Anupma Gupta, who teaches biology, said she heard "something blasting" about 12:30 p.m. while she was inside the Winship building. She said she checked the college's website for information and found nothing. No emails came either.
"I decided to stay in my office and close the door," she recalled.
About five or 10 minutes later, Gupta said, police officers going room to room told her to evacuate. Hours later, she was still waiting for police to allow her to get her car from the campus parking lot. Though anxious to get home, she said she didn't feel nervous otherwise.
"I'm feeling fine. I see so many police officers around," she said. " I have faith in them."
Tracy Zegere, 35, who studies English as a second language at the college, said she was making photocopies in the library. She tried to leave at some point after noon but a college staff member stopped her. After a few minutes, the police walked a group of people out.
As she left the library, Zegere said she saw someone on the ground bleeding.
She said she didn't hear any shots and did not know where the shooting occurred.
Shaperia Harper, a 22-year-old studying nursing, said she was talking on her cell phone at an outdoor fountain near the Winship building when she thinks she heard six or seven "really loud" gunshots.
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