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Updated: Shooting on Texas College Campus

A shooter has shot and injured at least two people in at Lone Star College near Houston.
 
 
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Update 11:00 P.M. PST:

Lone Star’s campus is now cleared and deemed safe. Classes will resume tomorrow. An investigation is still underway, with the FBI joining in the search.

Earlier reports that the second shooter was on the loose were false. Both shooters were injured at the time of the shooting, though their injuries have not been released.  An innocent bystander, a maintenance man in his 50s, was also injured.

According to the Houston Chronicle, officials identified one of the suspected shooters as 22-year-old Carlton Berry, who has been charged with aggravated assault.

College Chancellor Richard Carpenter told the Chronicle that the college has been safe since its founding 40 years ago, and he still considers it safe.

"Within the last seven days on this campus, we have had three training exercises for faculty and staff as to what to do in an incident like this," he said. "We know that there is significant national dialogue regarding the frequency, unfortunately, of incidents like this. … Though we didn't expect to be part of this discussion, we hope things can be learned from it."

Carpenter also said the college is “gun free,” and students are not searched.

Also on Tuesday, Texas state Senators Tommy Williams (R) and John Whitmore (D), along with Rep. Dan Huberty (R) unveiled a proposal called the Texas School District Security Act, which would allow school boards to hold elections to let voters decide “whether sales or property taxes should be raised to fund more security at public schools.” The Chronicle reported that Williams said, "I believe this proposal is a Texas solution that will save lives without sacrificing our freedoms."

Update 2:00 P.M. PST:

Investigagtors now have two suspects in custody. The second suspect was recently arrested after a brief manhunt. According to reports, the shootings started after an altercation between the two suspects, and two people got caught in the crossfire.

Lone Star College tweeted this afternoon:

12:30 P.M. PST

Another shooting has taken place, this time on the Houston-area college campus. At least two people were shot at Lone Star College this afternoon around 12:30 P.M. The victims were taken to Ben Taub hospital having multiple gun shot wounds. Doctors say they are in serious condition and will need surgery.

ABC 13 reported that witnesses near the college’s library heard multiple gunshots, and those in the library were instructed to get down. Witnesses also reported seeing a wounded man in handcuffs when exiting the library.

CNN reported that a federal law enforcement official said a fourth person suffered a heart attack on the campus.

The campus is currently on lockdown, with some portion of the campus being evacuated, while others are being told to enter the shelter they have on campus.

Vicki Cassidy, manager of media relations for the college told the Houston Chronicle:  "We know that shots have been fired and we are in a shelter-in-place situation on the campus … It's a pretty chaotic scene at this point in time."

ABC 13 reports that there is one person in a control car being labeled a suspect, while a SWAT team is currently searching for other suspects. They reported that there have been 49 college shootings since the Columbine tragedy.

Alyssa Figueroa is an associate editor at AlterNet. 

 
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