3 hurt as gunfire erupts on Texas college campus
By Juan A. Lozano and Michael Graczyk, APHOUSTON -- A fight between two people erupted in gunfire at a Houston-area community college, leaving three people wounded, including a maintenance worker caught in the crossfire.
January 24, 2013, 11:30 am TWN
No one was killed, but the volley of gunshots just after noon Tuesday on the Lone Star College campus sent students and others scrambling for safety and sparked fears of another campus massacre slightly more than a month after 26 people were killed at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
Harris County sheriff's officials said late Tuesday that Carlton Berry, 22, had been charged with aggravated assault in the shooting. Berry remained hospitalized, the officials said. The conditions of the other person involved in the shooting and the maintenance worker were not available.
Authorities offered no details about what led to the fight. One of the people involved had a student ID, Harris County Sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello said. A fourth person also was taken to a hospital for a medical condition, he said.
The shooting happened outside between an academic building and the library where Luis Resendiz, 22, was studying on the second floor. An employee called police and then herded the 30 to 40 people in the library into a small room and told them to crouch down, he said.
The shooting last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown heightened security concerns at campuses across the U.S. Resendiz said the Connecticut shooting was the first thing he thought of when he heard gunfire and he wondered if a similar situation was happening on his campus.
The Connecticut school shooting has fueled a national debate about gun control. President Barack Obama has proposed a package of federal gun-control proposals that are expected to face stiff opposition from congressional Republicans, who control the House of Representatives.
Many opponents of stricter gun laws argue that further restrictions will impinge on the Second Amendment of the Constitution, which protects the right of citizens to bear arms. Gun control proponents counter that the Second Amendment allows for regulating gun ownership.
Several school districts in Texas have either implemented or are considering a plan to allow faculty to carry guns on campus — a move supported by the National Rifle Association, the influential gun rights lobbying group. While guns are not allowed on college campuses, the Texas Legislature this year might debate a bill that would allow them.
Police evacuated and closed the campus after the shooting. It reopened in the late afternoon, with classes expected to resume Wednesday.