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Fight leads to gunfire on Texas college campus

HOUSTON — Three people were shot at a north Houston community college Tuesday in the latest act of gun violence to mar a school campus.

Witnesses and officials said the shooting at Lone Star College's North Harris campus erupted about 12:20 p.m. CST after an argument between two men in front of the campus library.

At least one of them was armed, authorities said. Both were hurt and hospitalized under armed guard. They had not been charged or formally arrested, and their identities had not been released.

A maintenance worker in his mid 50s was shot in the leg and hospitalized in stable condition. A fourth person, a woman with a student ID card whose connection to the school was unclear, was hospitalized with "medical complications" after the melee, said acting Harris County Sheriff Maj. Armando Tello.

It was unclear what sparked the argument at Lone Star, which has 90,000 students and six campuses, including North Harris with 19,000 students.

"I never thought it would happen here. It's starting to become common," said Ana Coronado, 18, a veterinary student in her second semester. "When I chose that college, I chose it because I felt safe there, I felt comfortable. I don't know what to feel now."

Police closed the campus after the shooting. It reopened in the late afternoon, with classes expected to resume today.

Fight leads to gunfire on Texas college campus 01/22/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 11:19pm]
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