One dead, one wounded in Texas campus shooting

One person killed and another wounded in campus shooting at Texas Southern University in Houston

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Texas Southern University

One person was shot dead and another injured on Friday in a shooting at a campus apartment complex at Texas Southern University in Houston, police reported, adding that a possible suspect had been detained in the shooting.

Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said the shooting occured around 11:30 am local time and it was not clear whether the victims were students.

The university placed the campus on lockdown after the shooting and declared on Twitter that all classed were cancelled for the rest of the day even though the incident "does not involve an active shooter."



Texas Southern University, which has almost 9,700 students, said that a separate shooting incident had occured at an apartment complex near the same campus on Thursday night. University police confirmed in a statement that one person was injured. It is not clear whether the shootings were related.

“The recent shooting incidents on our campus have been extremely difficult and troubling for our entire university community,” the university said in a statement.

“In the wake of these incidents, our campus security and police department is increasing its presence.”

The shooting came just hours after an 18-year old student killed another student and wounded three others with a handgun in a campus at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff early on Friday.

It was the third campus shooting incident in the United States in the past two months and the second shooting at this housing complex.

The incident also came a week after a gunman opened a fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, killing nine people and injuring nine others.

United States President Barack Obama was set to visit to Oregon on Friday to meet with the families of victims of Oregon campus shooting. Almost 200 gun-rights activists protested against Obama's visit over his calls for gun restrictions in the wake of the mass shooting.

"I'm here to tell Obama he is not welcome in our county. He is exploiting the local tragedy with his gun control agenda," said Bruce Rester, a retired truck driver who was wearing a handgun in a holster over his chest.

"By coming here, Obama is going to politicize a tragedy by saying that you have to have gun control," George Starr said as he held a small American flag.

"It's not that we are bloodthirsty, it's that we want to protect ourselves and our families," he said.

TRTWorld and agencies