January 22, 2013
Special to The Police News
HOUSTON - Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators are analyzing physical evidence and plan to question two men who are "persons of interest" in today's shooting at the North Harris campus of Lone Star College, in which three people were wounded by gunfire. The college is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne.
Sheriff's Office spokesperson Christina Garza said, after an extensive search of campus buildings by multiple law enforcement agencies, the campus in far north Harris County was declared free of any immediate danger late this afternoon, following the shooting that took place shortly between noon and 1 p.m. Classes will resume Wednesday, according to college officials.
The shooting apparently stemmed from an argument outside the library between the two men now considered persons of interests. At least one had a college student ID. They were being treated for injuries at hospitals late today and were under armed guard by deputies, pending possible criminal charges against one or both. At least one of the men was armed.
A male college maintenance worker was also being treated for a gunshot wound and a woman with a college student ID who was present at or near the shooting scene was treated at a hospital for medical problems.
"The Sheriff's Office and local education officials frequently meet, plan and train to deal with the threat of violence on or near schools - and throughout our sprawling county," Sheriff Adrian Garcia said. "With the shootings at Newtown, Connecticut and elsewhere fresh on our minds, we remain vigilant about the aching need for students of any age to feel safe in their classrooms and other facilities.
"I'm grateful no one was killed in this local incident. I'm grateful Lone Star College will be able to re-open tomorrow. I'm grateful for the response by our personnel and other emergency responders to this frightening act," Sheriff Garcia added. "But gratefulness is no cause for complacency in the future."
Details about possible criminal charges, the identity of the wounded individuals and related developments will be released when they become available.
HOUSTON - Officials identified the man connected with the shooting that took place on the campus of Lone Star College.
An official with the Harris County Sheriff's Office as well as an official with Lone Star College spoke late Tuesday afternoon commented on the shooting that took place on one of the college's campuses. Each offered a coinciding assessment of the day's events.
Sheriff's Major Armando Tello said with the quick response time of Harris County Sheriff's authorities to Lone Star College coupled with training, the shooting incident was quickly dissipated. According to Tello, units received a call about the shooting in the noon hour and deputies arrived on the college campus minutes later.
According to officials with the Harris County Sheriff's office: ".the initial 911 call received at the HCSO's Emergency Dispatch Center was at 12:19 p.m. this [Tuesday] afternoon. The first deputy arrived at the scene four minutes after the information was dispatched."
The shooter was identified as 22-year-old Carlton Berry. Berry and another man got into some type of altercation and gunshots ended up being fired. Officials said Tuesday that it appeared only one handgun was involved in the shooting.
Berry has been charged with Aggravated Assault and was in a Houston area hospital being treated for a gunshot wound.
Because of the altercation between Berry and the other man involving the exchange of gunfire, a college maintenance man was shot and wounded. He was just an innocent bystander; that maintenance worker was shot in his leg and is expected to fully recover from his injuries.
Photos from the scene
Lone Star College shooting: Sheriff's department reports one in custody
Just after 2 p.m. the official college Twitter account reported: "Shooting around 12:31 today at LSC-North Harris between two individuals, three shot. Danger has been mitigated. Situation under control." The Harris County Sheriff's Office reported ...
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