LONE STAR COLLEGE SHOOTING UPDATE
Harris County Sheriff’s Office investigators are analyzing physical evidence and plan to question two men who are “persons of interest” in today’s shooting at the North Harris campus of Lone Star College, in which three people were wounded by gunfire. The college is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne.
After an extensive search of campus buildings by multiple law enforcement agencies, the campus in far north Harris County was declared free of any immediate danger late this afternoon, following the shooting that took place shortly between noon and 1 p.m. Classes will resume Wednesday, according to college officials.
The shooting apparently stemmed from an argument outside the library between the two men now considered persons of interests. At least one had a college student ID. They were being treated for injuries at hospitals late today and were under armed guard by deputies, pending possible criminal charges against one or both. At least one of the men was armed.
A male college maintenance worker was also being treated for a gunshot wound and a woman with a college student ID who was present at or near the shooting scene was treated at a hospital for medical problems.
“The Sheriff’s Office and local education officials frequently meet, plan and train to deal with the threat of violence on or near schools – and throughout our sprawling county,” Sheriff Adrian Garcia said. “With the shootings at Newtown, Connecticut and elsewhere fresh on our minds, we remain vigilant about the aching need for students of any age to feel safe in their classrooms and other facilities.
“I’m grateful no one was killed in this local incident. I’m grateful Lone Star College will be able to re-open tomorrow. I’m grateful for the response by our personnel and other emergency responders to this frightening act,” Sheriff Garcia added. “But gratefulness is no cause for complacency in the future.”
Details about possible criminal charges, the identity of the wounded individuals and related developments will be released when they become available