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At least three shot at Texas college (PHOTOS) Published: 22 January, 2013, 22:56 Officials in Houston, Texas say that several people have been shot at a local community college. Lone Star College's North Harris campus is on lock-down Tuesday afternoon after a gun fight reportedly broke out between two individuals. Authorities were alerted by a 911 call at 12:31 pm local time and have since descended on the school and have detained one suspect, reported by MSNBC to be a student at the school. Another person of interest, a black male estimated to be between 18 and 20 years old, was seen fleeing the area, KPRC News reports. Jed Young, executive director of a school affiliated with the campus, tells CNN that the two suspects are thought to have fired shots at one another, catching passersby in the crossfire. One witness, student Amanda Vasquez, tells CNN that she counted around six shots. Additionally, the network reports that agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have arrived on the scene to assist with local authorities. The school has since ordered a bulletin that reads, “Students, Faculty and Staff are advised to take immediate shelter where you are. Do not enter the campus until notified further.” As a precaution, other schools in the area have been locked down. Eyewitnesses tell KTRK News that several gunshots were around 12 noon outside of a classroom. At least three people were wounded in the crossfire and a fourth suffered a heart attack, CNN reports. According to ABC13, however, two of the victim has suffered “multiple gunshot wounds” and are in serious condition and were taken to a local hospital. The one suspect that was detained has also reportedly suffered injuries. "We know that shots have been fired and we are in a shelter-in-place situation on the campus," said Vicki Cassidy, manager of media relations for Lone Star College System, tells the Houston Chronicle. "It's a pretty chaotic scene at this point in time."
Mentally ill murderer gets weapons permit and buys arsenal of guns
Nearly 20 years after he was convicted of shooting his own mother to death, Christian Oberender of Minnesota is back behind bars for illegally owning a small arsenal of firearms.
Authorities became reacquainted with Oberender, now 32, late last year when a complaint was filed by someone who came across his Facebook page. When authorities examined the social networking account, they found photos of just a sampling of the man’s extensive gun collection.
But upon first glance, the Carver County Sheriff’s Office didn’t see anything to spur intervention. An initial investigation found that there were no “disqualifiers” that would have prevented Oberender from owning any guns, Carver County Chief Deputy Jason Kamerud tells the Herald-Journal. When the leading law enforcement figure in the area came across the report shortly after, though, the agency started to become concerned.
Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson had reason to question the collection of guns — 17 years earlier he worked the case in which a teenage Oberender was convicted of killing his mother.
“The sheriff was one of the detectives on the case in 1995,” Kamerud tells the paper. “He had a lot more knowledge of the case than the deputies who took the call.”
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a 14-year-old Oberender killed his mother with five blasts from a shotgun in 1995. Still a minor, Oberender was sentenced to an extended stay at a mental institution and was determined by officials to be mentally ill and dangerous. Just last year, however, he applied for a gun permit, had his request approved and eventually amassed a collection of over one dozen guns in under a year. The paper says Oberender had 13 guns, including semi-automatic rifles, an AK-47, shotguns and a .50-caliber Desert Eagle when police picked him up earlier this month.
Authorities also found a letter from Oberender to his late mom, believed to be written only recently, in which he writes, “I am so homicide,'' and "I think about killing all the time. The monster want out. He only been out one time and someone die.''
Oberender is currently being held by police and won’t be released unless he can post a $1 million bond or $100,000 cash. Keeping the killer locked up isn’t the only thing that has authorities worried, however. Of major concern is the question: how exactly did Oberender get cleared to collect so many weapons?
“We’re also trying to track back exactly what happened,” Olson tells the Herald-Journal, “and making sure there aren’t any others out there that are like this. It’s hard to track back exactly who, what, or why. It’s more why it was hanging out there for that long.”
Speaking to a local NBC affiliate, a spokesperson for Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says they never had a record detailing Oberender’s sordid past.
"The BCA relies on entities in the criminal justice system to provide data on an individual which then populates the individual's criminal history. There were no data submitted to the BCA about this individual – without it there can be no record,” the statement reads.
Kamerud adds to the Herald-Journal that "any purchasing of guns by him was never legal but it was possible because the disqualifiers weren't in place." The Star Tribune reports that the BCA couldn’t find a fingerprint card from the 1995 murder case and no case disposition was ever filed.
Oberender, who has been diagnosed with serious mental illness and “potential schizophrenia,” is being held on a charge of being a felon in possession of firearms. The Star-Tribune adds that at least 84 people in the state of Minnesota have been charged since 2000 with illegal gun possession or assault with a dangerous weapon even after being committed by a judge as mentally ill.
Originally posted by mr-lizard
Originally posted by antar
reply to post by mr-lizard
Personally, I think Americans are decent people. I just die a little every time I hear 'school shooting' and sure enough, yep it's another American killing children with legally bought guns.
Wow, are you privy to some information that the rest of us are not? Because nothing in this statement sounds like anything that is going on in Houston today. How do you know the guns are legal? I haven't heard of any "children" dying? You must know exactly what happened at the community college today? Please, inform us on the exact nature of the situation, kind sir........edit on 22-1-2013 by wondermost because: (no reason given)edit on 22-1-2013 by wondermost because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by ibiubu
i just saw a gal interviewed on FOX.
AND, there was a guy in the back flashing gang signs! The camera redirected to get him out of view.
Originally posted by danneu89
reply to post by muzzleflash
I 100% agree. I also think that MSM should be fined or something when they report something that ends up being untrue or an exaggeration with the purpose of better ratings. Some way to keep them in check and from being able to lie to push their agenda.