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HOUSTON -- A fight between two people led to a shooting at a Texas community college Tuesday and sent students fleeing for safety as officials placed the campus on lockdown, officials said. A maintenance man was caught in the crossfire and wounded.

One of the people involved in the fight had a student ID, and both people were wounded and hospitalized, Harris County Sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello said. A fourth person also was taken to a hospital for a medical condition, he said.

The two people involved in the fight are considered people of interest, Tello said. Authorities said they weren't looking for any other suspects, and they recovered one handgun at the scene.

The shooting that happened shortly after noon sent students scurrying for safety on the Lone Star College System campus about 30 kilometres north of downtown Houston. Some barricaded themselves in the rooms they were in, while others fled to nearby buildings.

The shooting comes over a month after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Connecticut, heightening security concerns at campuses across the country and fueling a national debate about gun control.

In Texas, several school districts have either implemented or are considering a plan to allow faculty to carry guns on campus. Guns are not allowed on college campuses, but the Texas legislature this year may debate a bill that would allow them.

Mark Zaragosa said he had just come out of an emergency medical training class when he saw two people who were injured and stopped to help.

"The two people that I took care of had just minor injuries," Zaragosa told KHOU. "One gentleman had a gunshot to the knee and the (other) actually had an entry wound to the lower buttocks area."

Richard Carpenter, chancellor of the college, said the shooting happened outside between an academic building and the library.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 23, 2013 A9

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