2 people shot at Lone Star College

2 others hospitalized

Published On: Jan 22 2013 04:17:16 PM CST
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HOUSTON -

Two people were in custody after two people were shot during a dispute at a north Harris County college Tuesday, investigators 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.

Ben Taub Hospital said it 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 others were also taken to hospitals in connection with the incident, according to paramedics. Those injuries were not released, but officials said they were not shot.

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.

"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."

"I was doing my homework on the second floor and all you heard were six or seven loud gunshots. (Students) were just running away from the hallway. That's the same thing that I did. People didn't want to cross the hallway because it's open and we didn't know where the shooter was," student Daniel Flores said. "I went to the courtyard and there were people walking around like they didn't know. It wasn't organized."

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. The lockdown was lifted about 3 p.m.

The University of Houston said its main campus was put on high alert until all the factors in the shooting were confirmed.

There were more than 10,000 students on the campus at the time of the shooting, said Jed Young, a school spokesman. Lone Star College's North Harris campus sits on 200 acres and opened in 1973. It offers more than 80 programs of study.