Lone Star shooting suspect charged
Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 24, 2013 01:01
A 22-year-old student was charged in the shooting at Lone Star College North Harris County location, that left him and two others wounded Tuesday, according to North Harris County police.
Carlton Berry has been charged with aggravated assault according to a statement from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Berry is still in the hospital with wounds from the shooting.
Berry allegedly opened fire as a result of a fight between him and another student, according to CBS.
Student Terrance Smith, 23, was walking out of the computer lab to his car when the shooting occurred.
“I wasn’t thinking anything of it and I just left and when I was going to my car,” Smith said.”I heard pop pop pop pop pop and everyone started running.”
Smith has been a part time student seeking an associate degree in art at the North Harris County location for several of years, and said that there has never been a shooting before.
“I didn’t see anything, I just heard five or three shots,” Smith said. “I saw people running and I started running too. I just ran out and I just heard shots and I seen people running.”
Smith said he did not feel right being there.
“When I heard the shots my mind didn’t go immediately to gun. When I seen people running I thought I need to save my own life,” Smith said. “I drove quick trying to get home…I never experienced anything like that before and I hope I never do again.”
Berry, one of the students believed to be involved, and a maintenance worker caught in the crossfire were hospitalized, according to a Harris County official.
“I was watching the news and I seen where people were on stretchers... it could have been me,” Smith said. “I’m praying for everyone that got hurt and I’m thankful for God looking after me and I’m thankful for everyone who ran with me…I pray for people who were wounded from this.”
According to Nicole Romero, admissions office specialist for the North Harris county location, the faculty and staff attended training a week before dealing with shooters on campus.
“They said it doesn’t happen very often and they told us what to do if it did happen as staff and faculty,” Romero said.
According to Romero, faculty watched a YouTube video made by the Department of Defense.
“They told us the key things are, if it’s in our area, to hide and get away if we can,” Romero said.
According to CBS, Richard Carpenter, chancellor of the Lone Star College System, the campus is a gun-free zone that “has been safe for 40 years…we think it’s still safe.”