Twitter updates from students at the Lone Star College-North Harris campus give a glimpse of the terror they felt during the shooting Tuesday at the Houston, Texas-area school.
One student, @amandaplease223, asked a friend to get word to her family that she was safe:
Everyone ! there is a man shooting at lonestar north Harris. This is not a joke. Please be safe. I'm so scared
@sincerelylomeli please tell my mom that I'm ok. I just can't find service in the room I'm stuck in
I was just sitting in my room academic building, room 163 when I heard gun shots. Rapid shots. In the hallway.
As Mashable noted, journalists attempted to get photos from @amandaplease223 and didn't get the response they hoped for:
@amandaplease223 do you have any pictures of what's going on at the school to share with CNN?
— Justin Lear (@CNNJustin) January 22, 2013
@cnnjustin no because I didn't think to take pictures while I thought my life was in jeopardy.
More tweets from students at the school are in the slideshow below: