2 arrested, 1 wounded in shooting at Texas college

2 arrested, 1 wounded in shooting at Texas college
# 23 January 2013 00:08 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. A maintenance worker was wounded in the crossfire during a shooting at a Texas community college on Tuesday, school and police officials say.

The shooting at Lone Star College's North Harris campus began when an altercation involving two individuals escalated shortly before 1 p.m. local time, according to police. The maintenance worker suffered multiple gunshot wounds and is listed in serious condition. A second victim, thought to be a student, suffered an apparent heart attack during the incident. Both victims were conscious when they arrived at the hospital, APA reports quoting Associated Press.

One of the suspects was taken into custody at the scene, while a second fled the campus on foot. According to a Harris County Sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello, five law enforcement agencies responded to the shooting and searched a wooded area near the school, where the second suspect was arrested. Both suspects, whose names were not released, were also wounded.

"We do know a handgun was involved," Tello said, adding that at least one of the suspects was carrying a student ID.

According to Lone Star College chancellor Richard Carpenter, the shooting occurred between an academic building and the library on the campus, located 20 miles north of downtown Houston.

An alert posted on the school's website shortly before 1 p.m. warned students to take shelter. "LSC-North Harris is locked down," the alert read. "Students, faculty and staff are advised to take immediate shelter where you are. Do not enter the campus until notified further." Four nearby schools were placed on precautionary lockdown.

Aerial footage showed SWAT team members evacuating students from several buildings on the campus as ATF, FBI and local police searched the wooded area.

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