Houston is on high alert this afternoon as two gunmen traded bullets on the campus of Lone Star community college, leaving three people wounded and students running for their lives and sent the campus into lock-down mode. Both suspects are reportedly now in custody.
So far news is scattered, but reports seem to indicate that the shooting was between two men who were arguing, and that the other was a bystander. One witness told The New York Times that a janitor was shot in the leg. Additionally, there are reports of a fourth person having a heart attack. At least six shots were fired.
Lone Star college has an armed police patrol and an "active shooter brochure" on its website. I tell you, it's pretty sad that this country has come to this -- where schools need instructions in what to do in case a shooting starts. Yet reportedly several students told a local station that they didn't receive a text or email alert about the shootings and instead heard about it by word of mouth.
The school does have armed police officers on campus. This didn't seem to prevent two guys from bringing guns to school (assuming they are students), perhaps it prevented the incident from escalating, we don't know yet. At any rate, it's pretty sad when three people wounded by gunfire but not killed on a campus is considered a good day. I certainly don't expect this shooting to change anyone's minds about guns, like Newtown managed to do with at least a few people.
One witness told CNN that she saw some of the argument that preceded the shooting, and at one point, one suspect said something like, "I don't want to fight you" and even turned around, but then apparently changed his mind and got a gun out of his backpack. "I think it was a bunch of crap that could've been resolved and never should have gone that far," she said.
Couldn't have said it better myself.
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