18-Year-Old Suspect in Texas High School Shooting Is in Custody | #schoolshooting


A shooting at a high school in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday left four people injured, including three taken to a hospital, the authorities said.

Assistant Chief Kevin Kolbye of the Arlington Police Department said that the police were called to Timberview High School at about 9:15 a.m. after reports of a shooting on the second floor of the building after a fight.

Three of the people who were injured were taken to the hospital, he said. The fourth had light injuries and declined treatment. Three of the victims were students and one was an older person, he said, adding that he believed two of the victims had gunshot wounds.

All three people taken to the hospital “are OK at this point in time,” Chief Kolbye said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. One student had undergone surgery and was in intensive care, he said. A second victim was in good condition and a third who might have been grazed by a bullet was expected to be released from the hospital on Wednesday, he said.

Timothy George Simpkins, an 18-year-old student at Timberview, was taken into custody several hours later after he fled the scene, the police said. He was facing several counts of aggravated assault with a gun.

“I just want to re-emphasize that this is not a random act of violence,” Chief Kolbye said. “This is not somebody attacking our schools. This is a student — we believe right now, preliminary, that it was a student — they got into a fight, and drew a weapon.”

The chief did not have information about what type of gun was used or how it was brought into the building. The high school does not have metal detectors, according to a district spokesman.

Chief Kolbye said more than two or three shots had been fired. According to the police, a .45-caliber handgun was recovered on the street in nearby Grand Prairie, Texas, and was being analyzed by federal agents to determine if it had been used in the shooting.

The Mansfield Independent School District said that the school was “on lockdown as the situation unfolded,” but that “the ‘all clear’ has since been given.”

Carol Harrison Lafayette, a member of Mr. Simpkins’s family, told Fox 4, a local television station, “The decision he made, taking the gun, we are not justifying that. That was not right. But he was trying to protect himself. We hope the police department does the investigation properly.”

Ms. Lafayette said the fight had stemmed from an ongoing dispute between Mr. Simpkins and other students.

Michael Levenson and Derrick Bryson Taylor contributed reporting.



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