HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Officials say a person of interest has been identified in a shooting threat that caused the Houston Community College Central Campus to close on Monday and Tuesday. Investigators will seek charges with the Harris County District Attorney over the next several days.
HCC Central Campus is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday after it was shutdown due to a threat of violence that was reportedly made over social media last weekend.
When Lionel Mandjeta showed up on the deserted campus, it was like he'd walked into the set of a horror movie.
"I've seen this movie before. And the last shooting I see in Florida in high school. So it's scary," Mandjeta says.
You’re smart enough to know he's talking about the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. School administrators here, and indeed around the country, want to do anything to avoid a repeat of that horrible crime. So when a Facebook threat emerged on Friday, they took action. They shut down the campus and called for backup. HPD and Metro police are helping them patrol and search the campus and the area. Because the internet is involved, the FBI is helping them search for the person who posted the threat.
"Unfortunately in today's society we believe that it should happen during the commercial break,” said HCC Police Chief Gary Cunningham. “Investigations are not that neat and they're not that clean."
Nor is a solution. It's tough to lock down an open campus, but they're going to do what they can. HCC police will be everywhere and signs are already up on campus doors. It's not a long term solution, but they're tinkering with some ideas. Some students like Lionel are praising the school for the way they handled this.
"Yea.. They made the right decision," he says.
Course finals that were slated for Monday, May 7 have been rescheduled for Friday, May 11. Finals scheduled for Tuesday, May 8, have been rescheduled for Thursday, May 10. Administartors say that's roughly 6,000.
If you have any information in this came, please contact HCC PD at 713.718.8888.