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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Reports indicate that there was a shooting at Lone Star College  early Tuesday afternoon around 12:30 p.m. at the college’s campus located on W.W. Thorne Drive, near Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Additional reports indicated that the shooting erupted as a result of an argument between two individuals. The argument took place between one of the academic buildings of the college and the library. Shots were then fired.

One male was reportedly brought out of the library on a stretcher and at least one other person was being treated by EMS crews outside the library of the college.

Campus officials confirmed that the institution was on lock down early Tuesday afternoon.

School officials with the Aldine Independent School District placed four nearby campuses on lock down status as a precautionary measure. Those campuses include: Dunn Elementary, Nimitz 9th grade campus, Nimitz High and Parker Intermediate.

On the Lone Star College website was an alert titled: “LSC-North Harris-Shelter in Place.” The website also provided students and the general public with procedures for what to do in the event of an emergency as well as emergency procedures.

According to officials, at least one person was detained; it was unclear if that individual was the suspected shooter.

Further reports indicated that a second suspect, a black man believed to be between 18 to 20 years old, fled north of campus. Deputies conducted a search for that man.

As of 2:00 p.m. CST, three people were reported to have been shot with one of those shot in custody.

On the Lone Star College Facebook page was the following: “SHELTER IN PLACE if you are on campus. IF YOU ARE NOT ON CAMPUS DON”T GO TO CAMPUS”

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia took to his Twitter page to share of information of the shooting: “HCSO has an active shooter scene working at Lone Star Community College on WW Thorne. Please avoid the area if possible. Details to come,” Sheriff Garcia wrote.

According to the Lone Star College Twitter page: “Lone Star College consists of six colleges, including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball, and LSC- University Park.”

“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. “It’s a pretty chaotic scene at this point in time.”

Jed Young, the Executive Director of Communications at Lone Star, said while taking to one media outlet that “the shooting appears to be between two people, one shooter shot and is in custody.”

Sheriff Garcia posted the following to his Twitter page just after 2:00 p.m.:

Officials with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, referred to Tuesday’ s shooting as a “volatile situation.”

Major Armando Tello  with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to media outlets just after 2:00 p.m., CST, that three people were injured as a result of the shooting and there was one person of interest they placed focus upon. Two of the shooting victims were reportedly brought to Ben Taub General Hospital.

One Lone Star College student posted updates from her Twitter page about Tuesday’s shooting:

Just after 2:30 p.m.,CST, The Harris County Sheriff’s office released the following information: “…one suspect is in custody; their role in this incident is under investigation…three victims were transported to area hospitals their condition unknown.”

According to John Luedemann, Director of Communications for Lone Star College, up to date information can be obtained through the college’s main line: 281-618-5400.

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