College shooting eyewitness: 'It was very scary'
Eyewitness describes 'stampede'
- Duration 9:22
- Date Jan 22, 2013
Eyewitness describes 'stampede'
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Again we heard from a student.
Who witnessed all of the gunfire she talked about hearing shots fired and then hearing witnesses crying in some desperately trying to make phone calls.
On their phone she said you know -- as we hear from so many.
Witnesses and victims.
During situations like this you just never think it's gonna happen in your campus because it's been such place it felt like home as she described let's listen -- Rodriguez.
It was pretty ugly act and actually.
Jack walked into class and that -- -- it might look beyond that wind I heard the shot.
And I mean like he spent the night that it it did.
They get used so we grabbed our we got got things it was -- it right now and as we're banging out.
We heard -- trainees and we heard it impede upbeat as everybody ready sport you know.
That everybody was ready believe you can get here at it is chaotic it was it was very scary.
-- chaotic and scary.
Let's bring in now congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee she represents the district.
In Texas where lone star college is located -- are you with us.
What can you tell us about what's unfolding -- -- lone -- college right now.
I think everyone should -- Obviously be concerned about those who are victims and also the students the district the student and I can demand and out of fear and apprehension technically panic that they are experienced right now this is a trend curve community content place if it.
Aren't occasions to speak to -- faculty and their student.
90000 students and so.
But this particular authority and at this moment I reaching out to the leadership but I do know -- campus but I do know that they -- probably on rock camp.
What we've heard and of course.
That it is still -- Active shooting.
Where there is no but now they want with -- should -- weren't certain there are victims.
And we recognize that people have been injured and there is some suggestion.
-- something else but more a -- may have occurred.
But I hesitate.
To be able to fully confirmed want to -- reach out and actually.
I'm -- contact with the leadership there.
I would do that of course went.
I finish this column on the floor of the house now and my staff in Houston.
And we started getting these messages.
Almost ten times certain but again.
This is a college campus -- tranquility and -- the wooded area of north Harris County.
It is a place.
It is a place to -- you have the kind of student to work and go to school.
And those who.
Are getting their first -- opportunity comments.
-- sanity here that this kind of incident may have happened.
Interestingly enough I was that they used gun prevention summit.
Just a few minutes ago just speaking about.
Constituting gun safety and that is when I can't -- the reports.
That I've gotten to coincide with the nose started to post our comments but by the way as many campuses.
So right now -- -- -- to confirm and I'm reaching out.
To the sheriff's office as we speak and also the leadership post on campus.
Congress on Howell on -- sadly ironic.
-- you were in a conference trying to deal with this very problem when you started getting reports from your home district that there had been yet another.
School shooting we understand that.
This emergency alert went out at 12:52 PM local time and web part of what is said which I think speaks says what you just said.
It's said -- -- College system is committed to providing a safe environments.
We are better prepared for an emergency thanks to the many men and women here to serve you that tells me that they have had some of these emergency drills because in this climate.
Every school has to be prepared sadly for something like us.
But you know that's -- right -- is appropriately.
-- prepared not only.
I think prepared because the campus it's a large 200 acres and a number of different -- are that they do to have courses for firefighters.
And for a first responders such -- law enforcement.
You're able to come in and get additional courses or prepare yourself of those professions they are very sensitive they're also a camp that -- who brought on technology.
But you can never -- -- are what happens with a combination.
-- -- -- -- And have any -- and so.
Again this is not a time to -- partly I wanted to speak specifically about my concern for the right.
And safety of those who have in harm's way and then I want to again.
Let it go back to finding a way to -- these kinds of -- is what our product campuses where again people on both.
Adults were there to learn whether -- -- Karr -- campaign.
But whether it be any elementary school.
Middle school or high school I'd rather be out communities we've got to find a way to peace -- Yes of course we understand your position.
On that yes and they're 28000 undergraduate students who go to.
Lone star college again -- this is the north.
Harris -- -- as you said many of them are commuters are part time students while they're working 65% in fact.
Are part time there 282 professors we don't know how many.
Of any of those were on campus when these shots rang out but we have heard.
From witnesses just how terrifying it was there were people crying she described -- a stampede.
And it was another student who witnessed several people injured or at least two I should say a couple of people.
Injured and he stops to help them he stopped to try to care for -- on his best.
He can he wasn't a doctor -- -- -- student and he says that he later found out that from the police.
That one of them was actually the suspect have you heard from many of the local hospitals in your district as to how many people are being treated.
That we don't have and I can't my office my district office.
-- and to try to get as much information as possible but here in Washington.
I am reaching out to.
The leadership on campus are expected.
Some will be able to respond and give the -- -- that's -- and then the local law enforcement as well as I speak to do my immediate -- next -- The detainees or returned to meet even though -- at this period of active shooter situation.
And we appreciating the time to talk to -- this is very health law last question for you.
We understand that this email alert went out at 1252 and it said.
North Harris is locked down students faculty and staff are -- immediate shelter where you are do not enter the -- -- -- told notified further we heard from the public information officer of Harris County.
That there are that now schools and administrators do have to be trained in active shooter drills and it sounds like.
The emergency alert system worked well it went out right as soon as the gun shots.
Were fired it this emergency alert went out.
So that parents or students or people -- on campus and professors.
Were able to stay where they were and to notice something bad was going down Odyssey.
It's cold comfort.
The -- emergency system.
Is working we wish that it.
It didn't have to work we wish that emails like this didn't have to go out.
But again I guess that that is the silver lining from so many of these incidents happening over the past decade that now schools know how to do it.
In -- and enormously balance point.
We -- both wish not to be speaking about this tragedy.
But I think we have -- now on the tragedy at Virginia Tech if you're.
One of the issues -- the verification of the campus ambling.
Our campuses have now Abu.
-- authority and notification process being really good but excellent.
But I believe saved -- would save a lot of prize which is stand down stand in place particularly into the campus do not into the campus at this time.
-- against the law enforcement sort of an unfettered opportunity to be able to find who the perpetrators aren't victims.
And I'm very proud of lone star power that be technology say that they -- -- use -- on the occasion but I think as is looked at.
In terms of being out real time.
They get -- to those student.
And I hope and pray that -- faculty staff and students.
Were able to shelter in place and others about into that campus.
Did down until they get further work that is one of the way.
That I think.
We have that the much of prevention then bounced but certainly response response is certainly very important unfortunately it's a tragedy -- -- Congressman Sheila Jackson Lee we share and those prayers of yours today.
We really thank you for your time we know that you have lost important calls to make we'll talk to against them.
Thank -- -- very much for your concern about.