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A fight between two people erupted in gunfire at a Houston-area community college, leaving three people wounded, including a maintenance worker caught in the crossfire.
No one was killed, but the volley of gunshots just after noon Tuesday on the Lone Star College campus sent students and others scrambling for safety and sparked fears of another campus massacre slightly more than a month after 26 people were killed at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
Harris County sheriff's officials said late Tuesday that Carlton Berry, 22, had been charged with aggravated assault in the shooting. Berry remained hospitalized, the officials said. The conditions of the other person involved in the shooting and the maintenance worker were not available.
Authorities offered no details about what led to the fight. One of the people involved had a student ID, Harris County Sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello said.
A fourth person also was taken to a hospital for a medical condition, he said.
The shooting happened outside between an academic building and the library where Luis Resendiz, 22, was studying on the second floor. An employee called police and then herded the 30 to 40 people in the library into a small room and told them to crouch down, he said. Keisha Cohn, 27, was in a building about 50 feet (15 meters) away and began running as soon as she heard the shots.
"To stay where I was wasn't an option," said Cohn, who fled from a building that houses computers and study areas. All the students eventually were evacuated, running out of buildings as police officers led them to safety.
Mark Zaragosa said he had just come out of a class when he saw two people who were injured and stopped to help them.
"The two people that I took care of had just minor injuries,'' he told KHOU-TV. "One gentleman had a gunshot to the knee, and the (other) actually had an entry wound to the lower buttocks area.''
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