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Huron native recounts school shooting in Texas

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Around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon, Leah Underhill was helping a fellow classmate with homework at Lone Star College, a community college twenty miles north of downtown Houston.

"I heard anywhere from five to six gunshots in a row. I looked up at the partner I was with. It didn't even register immediately that it was gunshots. I looked at him and after the fifth one I told him those are gunshots. We've got to go," said Underhill.

A 2006 graduate of Huron High School, Underhill was on the second floor of the academic building. The shooting happened in some open area on the first floor.

"I can't even put it into words. You just don't think something like that would ever happen and to go to school and be in such a safe environment and then to hear five gunshots, you just panic," she said.

Harris County Sheriff Armando Tello says both people involved in the altercation were wounded and hospitalized. He says a college maintenance man was also injured in the crossfire and taken to the hospital.

Lone Star College says it was prepared for this kind of crisis. Said school spokesman Dr. Richard Carpenter, "Just within the last seven days on this campus, we've had three training exercises for faculty and staff for what to do in an event like this, so this is very,very timely, as a matter of fact, the first responders to come to aid of those who were shot were EMS faculty at the college, they were there immediately."

As for Underhill, she's still trying to process what she heard.

"Doesn't seem real or like it happened today."

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