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Classes resume at Lone Star College

Dale Lezo, Houston Chronicle
Updated 7:31 am, Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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  • Quanell X, center, stands with Trey Foster's mom, Don, right, after his appearance in the 228th State District Court at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Houston. Authorities took Trey Foster, 22, into custody Friday, as a suspect in the shooting that took place on Lone Star College's campus. Quanell X stated that Foster had a receipt purchasing the gun and that he took a concealed handgun class although he didn't obtain a concealed carrying license. Photo: Cody Duty, . / © 2013 Houston Chronicle
    Quanell X, center, stands with Trey Foster's mom, Don, right, after his appearance in the 228th State District Court at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, in Houston. Authorities took Trey Foster, 22, into custody Friday, as a suspect in the shooting that took place on Lone Star College's campus. Quanell X stated that Foster had a receipt purchasing the gun and that he took a concealed handgun class although he didn't obtain a concealed carrying license. Photo: Cody Duty, .

 

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Lone Star College will be open for classes as normal a day after three people were wounded in a shooting on the campus in North Harris County.

The college was closed after the shooting erupted about 12:20 p.m. at the campus at 2700 W.W. Thorne, but it will resume normal operations this morning, according to the college's website.

An argument between two men sparked the gunfire, authorities say. One of the men was wounded. The gunman apparently accidently shot himself in the hip. A college maintenance worker, described as a innocent bystander, was also wounded in the shooting.

Carlton Berry, 22,.has been accused of pulling the trigger. He is charged with aggravated assault, though he remains hospitalized for the apparently self-inflicted accidental gunshot wound.

The conditions of the other wounded men were not released. A female student was treated at the scene for a medical event possibly related to the gunfire.

Investigators were trying to piece together what caused Berry and the man to argue and why the confrontation escalated into gunfire.

The shooting rocked the otherwise peaceful, tree-shaded campus. Students dashed for cover when they heard the gunshots and made phones calls and took to social media to tell loved ones and friends what was happening.

Rohit Mistry, a 21-year-old studying criminal justice at Lone Star, was on the third floor of library, books open, when he noticed people running. A librarian asked all those present to move into a back room, he said.

"I saw people running around," Mistry said. "That's when the librarians were asking us to move into a back room where offices were."

Several dozen people crammed into the room, with some students crying and others calling their parents.

The campus was locked down as police took control of the scene. Students were evacuated. The campus was later determined to be safe.