At least 3 Shot at Houston-Area Community College

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(Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY)

At least two people, and possibly three, were injured Tuesday in a shooting at a Lone Star Community College campus in the Houston area, according to local media reports.

Jed Young, the college's executive director of communications, tells CNN that two students apparently got caught in a crossfire during a confrontation between two other people.

Police feel the danger has been "mitigated," he tells CNN.

The Houston Chronicle says initial reports indicated that as many as three people may have been wounded. Their condition was not immediately clear.

KHOU, quoting one of its college reporters, said that one male -- possibly a suspect -- was taken from the library on a stretcher.

KPRC reported that officers were searching for a second suspect, described as a black male, 18 to 20 years of age wearing a red shirt and Falcons cap, who fled from academic building.

Officers concentrated their search on a wooded area.

The shooting occurred around noon at the North Harris campus, near George Bush Intercontinental Airport, one of six that serves the community college system.

KPRC quoted a student, Amanda Vasquez, as saying she heard "5 or 6" shots while sitting in English class. She said students quickly scrambled, hiding under desks.

An alert on the college's website called on students, faculty and staff "take immediate shelter where you are."

"A couple of armed suspects reported. Injuries reported," the school said.

Nimitz high school nearby was also placed on lockdown during the ordeal.

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