Officials in Houston, Texas say that several people have been shot at a local community college.
Police are on the scene of a Texas community college where shots were fired shortly after 12 this afternoon.
Authorities have detained one person and are searching for another suspect in the vicinity after at least one gunman opened fire at Lone Star College's North Harris campus Tuesday afternoon. One suspect, a black male estimated to be between 18 and 20 years old, was seen fleeing the area, KPRC News reports.
Eyewitnesses tell KTRK News that several gunshots were heard this afternoon outside of a classroom. At least one person has been taken to a local hospital, and a SWAT team has been called to the scene. Preliminary reports suggest that there are at least three victims, although the status of all those involved has yet to be made public. According to ABC13, however, two of the victim has suffered “multiple gunshot wounds” and are in serious condition en route to a local hospital.
Jed Young, executive director of the school, tells CNN that two people are believed to have fired shots at one another, catching passersby in the crossfire.
The school has since ordered a bulletin that reads, “Students, Faculty and Staff are advised to take immediate shelter where you are. Do not enter the campus until notified further.” As a precaution, other schools in the area have been locked down.
"We know that shots have been fired and we are in a shelter-in-place situation on the campus," said Vicki Cassidy, manager of media relations for Lone Star College System, tells the Houston Chronicle. "It's a pretty chaotic scene at this point in time."