2 people shot at Lone Star College
Updated On: Jan 22 2013 04:03:22 PM EST
Two people were shot at a north Harris County college Tuesday, officials said.
Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constables said the shooting happened at Lone Star College's North Harris campus, 2700 West W. W. Thorne Drive near Aldine Westfield, around 12:30 p.m.
Harris County sheriff's deputies and Lone Star College officials said three people were wounded. Ben Taub Hospital said received two shooting victims. The extent of those injuries was not released.
Reginald Neal said his nephew, Jody Neal, 24, was one of the wounded taken to Ben Taub.
"All I know he got shot three times. That's all I know," Reginald Neal said. "He got shot in one of his arms, in the stomach and the leg."
"He was sitting in the study room. There (were) three people on the computer and a guy walked up the stairs and opened fire on him," said Stacy Neal, Jody's sister. "They said it was just one guy that came in with a gun."
Two other people were transported from the scene, according to paramedics. The types of injuries those people suffered have not been released.
According to a tweet sent out by Lone Star College about 2 p.m., the shooting was a dispute between two individuals. The nature of the dispute has not been released.
"This is a very volatile and active scene at the Lone Star College. I can confirm we have one person in custody. Who that person is and what the role that person is I do not know at this time. We do have every possible resource from the Harris County Sheriff's Office at this location as well as other law enforcement agencies," said Christina Garza with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
About 2:45 p.m., aerial images from the scene showed that a second person was in custody. That second person matched the description of a man who was believed to have fled into a nearby subdivision.
"I was waiting for my English class to start. It was five minutes before class and all of a sudden, I heard shots fired and people started rushing in the hallway. A few students even came in to our room seeking shelter and we closed the door and we pushed the table against the door and we were hiding," student Amanda Vasquez said. "You never think this is going to happen to you."
Vasquez said the shots seem to be fired in her classroom's hallway.
"They sounded very close -- the shots. (We heard) five or six gunshots," Vasquez said. "I just ducked under the table as fast as I could and hoped for the best. I saw one of the shooters when he was already under police control."
A shelter-in-place was ordered at the college, but the campus was evacuated a short time later. The campus is closed to the public for the rest of the day. Officials have not said if the campus will reopen on Wednesday.
Aldine Independent School District officials said four nearby campuses, Dunn Elementary, Parker Intermediate, Nimitz 9th grade campus and Nimitz High, were placed on lockdown as a precaution. School district officials said there is no reason to believe a shooter is on any of those campuses, but the lockdown was issued for precautionary measures.
Lone Star College's North Harris campus sits on 200 acres and opened in 1973. It offers more than 80 programs of study.