Documents: Actual gunman in Texas school shooting still on the run

Documents: Actual gunman in Texas school shooting still on the run

Terry Foster is charged with aggravated assault in connection with a shooting at Lone Star College that left three people wounded.


by staff

Posted on January 24, 2013 at 3:38 PM

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — The man originally named as the gunman in the Lone Star College shooting didn't do it, according to court documents.

Deputies are searching for a man named Terry Foster, 22, who has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with Tuesday's shooting that left three people wounded.

Carlton Berry, 22, faces the same charge and was named as the gunman on Tuesday, but court documents tell a very different story.

Berry identified his friend, Foster, as the shooter when police interviewed him at Ben Taub Hospital, where he's recovering from a gunshot wound. 

Berry said he and Foster were walking on campus when a man named Jody Neal bumped into Foster. Foster and Neal argued briefly, then went their separate ways. 

Thirty minutes later, Foster, Berry and Neal crossed paths again at the doorway of the Academic Building and the argument flared up again. That is when Foster pulled out a gun and started shooting, according to court documents.

Neal was shot in the abdomen and the leg. He ran to the library and collapsed.

Bobby Cliburn, a 69-year-old campus maintenance man, was an innocent bystander. He was shot in the leg.

”He just started shooting,” said Cliburn. “He didn’t waste any time.”

Before he had a chance to get out of dodge, it was too late.

“I tried to duck in behind one of the columns and he got me before I could do it.”

Berry was hit in the hip.

Neal identified Berry as the shooter when he was being carried past him on a stretcher. Investigators initially thought Berry shot himself in the buttocks when he tried to put his gun back in his pants, but the gun was never found.

When Berry named Foster as the shooter, authorities showed Neal a photo lineup with Foster. Neal identified Foster as the gunman, saying he made a mistake when he identified Berry earlier because Foster and Berry were both wearing red shirts that day and they were together.

A manhunt is under way to try and track down Foster.

There is no word yet on whether charges against Berry will be dropped.