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Texas College Shooting Update: Carlton Berry, Lone Star College shooting suspect, charged with aggravated assault

Police block off an entrance to the Lone Star College North Harris campus after a shooting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Houston. The shooting on campus wounded three people and sent students fleeing for safety as officials placed the campus on lockdown, officials said. Harris County Sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello said authorities had detained a person of interest. Police did not provide any details about the people who were wounded. AP Photo/Patric Schneider

Carlton Berry, above, is charged in the shooting at Lone Star College near Houston, Texas, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.
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(CBS/AP) HOUSTON/Updated 328ET - Police said  a 22-year-old man was charged late Tuesday in the shootings at Lone Star College near Houston that left him and two others wounded.

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A statement from the Harris County Sheriff's Office identified the shooting suspect as Carlton Berry. Spokesman Alan Bernstein said Berry is charged with aggravated assault but remains hospitalized with wounds suffered in the shooting.

Investigators say a fight between two people erupted in gunfire around noon on Tuesday at the community college  that prompted a lockdown and eventual evacuation of the campus in north Houston. Three people were hospitalized, including a maintenance worker caught in the crossfire and two others who authorities believe were involved in the gunfire.

Bernstein said no other identities are available. The conditions of the other person involved in the shooting and maintenance worker were also unavailable.

Authorities offered no details on what led to the shooting near an academic building and the campus library. One of the people involved had a student ID, and both people were hospitalized, said Harris County sheriff's Maj. Armando Tello. A fourth person was also taken to a hospital for a medical condition, he said.

The shooting last month at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., heightened security concerns at campuses across the country. In Texas, several school districts have either implemented or are considering a plan to allow faculty to carry guns on campus. While guns are not allowed on college campuses, the Texas Legislature this year might debate a bill that would allow them.

Richard Carpenter, chancellor of the Lone Star College System, said the campus is a gun-free zone that "has been safe for 40 years."

"We think it's still safe," he added.

The campus reopened late Tuesday afternoon, with classes expected to resume Wednesday.

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