HOUSTON (AP) — Luis Resendiz hid quietly in a small room with dozens of classmates after gunshots erupted in a courtyard on his college campus north of Houston.
There his mind quickly drifted to last month’s Connecticut elementary school massacre that left 20 children dead, wondering if another gunman was on a rampage on the other side of the door.
“I didn’t think something like this could happen,” said Resendiz, 22, who crouched in the room for about 20 minutes before being allowed to leave. “You don’t think about it happening to you.”
A volley of gunshots about noon Tuesday at Lone Star College prompted a lockdown and eventual evacuation of the campus in north Houston. In the end, three people were hospitalized, including a maintenance worker caught in the crossfire and two others who authorities believe were involved in the gunfire.
Late Tuesday, Harris County sheriff’s officials saidCarlton 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 maintenance worker were not available.
Authorities offered no details on what led to the shooting near an academic building and the campus library. One of the people involved had a student ID, and both people were hospitalized, said Harris County sheriff’s Maj. Armando Tello. A fourth person also was taken to a hospital for a medical condition, he said.
At least 10 patrol cars clustered on the campus’ west side as emergency personnel tended to the wounded and loaded them on stretchers. Students led by officers ran from the buildings where they had been hiding as authorities evacuated the campus.
Keisha Cohn, 27, was in a building about 50 feet away and began running as soon as she heard the shots.
“To stay where I was wasn’t an option,” said Cohen, who fled from a building that houses computers and study areas. All the students were eventually evacuated, running out of buildings as police officers led them to safety.
Mark Zaragosa said he had just come out of an EMT class when he saw two people who were injured and stopped to help them. He described the wounds as minor: One with a gunshot to the knee and another to the buttocks.