According to KPRC Local 2, at around 2:00 p.m. EST, multiple people were shot at Texas’ Lone Star College’s North Harris campus, about 20 miles outside of Houston.
One of the shooting victims is presumed to be critically injured, as Life Flight was sent to airlift the patient to a nearby hospital.
Sources are saying the shooting happened in the campus’s library, and that the shooting spawned from an argument between two people that escalated when guns were drawn. There is also a daycare center on campus, but all those children are reportedly safe. Other local college campuses are on lockdown as a precautionary measure.
If it’s true that the shooting was as a result of an argument, the incident weighs heavily in favor of gun control, illustrating how guns can cause an incident to escalate and potentially become deadly.
One person is in custody, but it’s not been determined whether or not that is the shooter. Police are still searching the campus for a second suspect seen fleeing the scene. Multiple victims are being treated for injuries. A witness from inside the college reported to hearing “four-to-five” gunshots. Students and teachers are still at the college at a “shelter-in-place” under orders from law enforcement. The college’s website began featuring the Lockdown Alert almost immediately after shots were heard. The lockdown message reads:
“ALERT: LSC-North Harris – Lock Down: LSC-North Harris is Locked Down. Students, Faculty and Staff are advised to take immediate shelter where you are. Do not enter the campus until notified further. Posted 01/22/2013 at 12:52 pm”
Texas is a conceal-carry state, though firearms are not permitted on college campuses. According to the Houston Chronicle, Harris County, where this most recent school shooting took place, differs from much of Texas in their views of President Barack Obama’s proposed gun control legislation – the county’s “top law enforcement officials,” along with Houston’s mayor, have expressed support for the Administration’s proposals – “particularly those that would outlaw military-style assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines.”