HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Tuesday afternoon, Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia and Senior Vice Chancellor of the Long Star College System Rand Key spoke to members of the media about the stabbings that took place at Lone Star College Tuesday morning.
Both men were surrounded by additional law enforcement sectors that included members of the Lone Star College police department and additional authorities.
In his address, Sheriff Garcia reminded members of the media as well as the public that the investigation into Tuesday’s stabbing is “ongoing” and “fluid”.
He further stated that at 11:12 a.m. a call came into the Harris County 911 center: “Our call center received a call stating that a male was on the loose, stabbing people,” stated Sheriff Garcia.
“Five units, four deputies and one sergeant responded to the call,” added Sheriff Garcia. “We were assisted by the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department, EMS, Texas Rangers and the Houston Police Department’s Air Units.”
According to Sheriff Garcia, 14 individuals were victims of Tuesday’s stabbings with two of those victims refusing treatment. “Of the 12 remaining victims, two are listed in critical condition and four are listed in fair condition,” added Sheriff Garcia. The other victims received transportation by way of some type of ground transportation. Sheriff Garcia did not indicate if the victims were students or faculty members or both.
As Sheriff Garcia stressed to those who attended Tuesday’s briefing that the investigation is one that is “active”, “current” and “fluid”, he did add that the stabbing suspect is a 21-year-old white male who is currently enrolled at the Lone Star College System. “We have recovered other evidence that is being processed,” added Sheriff Garcia. The weapon used by the male is one that Sheriff Garcia said was an “unknown instrument”. Garcia also stated that video evidence indicates no additional suspects; the rest of the student body was safe after emergency responders acted swiftly to the incident and the entire campus was searched for additional evidence.
Rand Key, Senior Vice Chancellor of the Lone Star College System began his address to the media by expressing “sincere concern” over Tuesday’s stabbings. He did add that once college officials were made aware of the incident, students of Lone Star College received alerts including a “shelter in place” alert. “Buildings were monitored and an orderly evacuation did commence,” added Key.
Key also stated that the college is closed for the remainder of the day but is scheduled to reopen Wednesday and proceed with classes and events during their regularly scheduled times.
Back in January, several people were wounded in a shooting on a different Lone Star system campus in north Harris County Twenty-two-year-old Trey Foster was arrested in Plano and charged with aggravated assault, in connection with the shooting.