Conflict & Tragedy
Second student charged in Texas college shooting
On Friday, 22-year-old Trey Foster was charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault in the Lone Star College shooting in Houston where three people were shot, including the suspect, and another suffered a heart attack.
One of the injured was 55-year-old maintenance worker Bobby Cliburn, who was reportedly shot in the leg by accident.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Foster's main target was 25-year-old Jody Neal, who was shot in the abdomen and leg after the two had an argument in the school’s library.
According to the Houston Chronicle, another young man, 22-year-old Carlton Berry, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the shooting. But CNN reports that arrest may have been a case of mistaken identity.
Berry was said to have been hospitalized due to a self-inflicted injury sustained when he mishandled his gun. He was also accused of opening fire on a fellow student during an altercation in the school’s library Tuesday. But now we know he may have been shot by Foster.
Police have not released a definitive reason the argument turned violent, but the Tribune reports it may have been gang-related. (I will bring you a clear sequence of events if they become available.)
Panicked students and faculty had called for help a little before 2 p.m., fearing the worst with the shooting coming on the heels of the horror at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 26 were slaughtered in a mass murder/suicide. Fortunately, this was not one of those massacres.
Police and ambulance response to the incident was swift, under three minutes, authorities said during their news conference later in the day.
After the campus, academic home to more than 10,000 students, was placed on lockdown and a heavy police presence scoured the nearby wooded area looking for the gunman, Berry reportedly showed up at the Houston Medical Center around 2 p.m. because he had accidentally shot himself in the hip.
Four other schools in the district were also placed on lockdown as a precaution. A relative of one of the students injured said he was attending college to obtain his GED to go on to art school.
Meanwhile, lawmakers in Texas are pushing concealed-weapons legislation. The bill, which was filed last week ostensibly aimed at increasing campus safety, calls for any gun owner with a permit to be able to carry concealed weapons on all college campuses. They are also looking to introduce a bill which will require trained armed guards in all schools. [Read more here.]
Click here for my earlier report on the shooting.
I’m confused. Texas legislators want to introduce more laws where more folks will be able to carry guns on to campuses, and concealed as well? Isn’t that part of the problem to begin with? The shooter pulled a gun out of his pocket or backpack and fired at another student when he couldn’t handle an altercation verbally.
Guns can give an otherwise wimpy person a false sense of machismo, so instead of walking away from a confrontation, some get overly aggressive. Thank goodness the end result here wasn't much worse.
Allowing any and everyone to carry a concealed weapon on school campuses may be a recipe for a monumental disaster. If we all strap on our guns, won’t our society revert to the wild, wild West?
National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre has said "government policies are getting us killed,” and he was the first to call for armed guards in all schools. His “the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” comment had caused quite a stir, especially after he offered it as a solution to the horrifying mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.
But the problem with that scenario is—who decides who the good guys are?