Wednesday morning, four people were injured in a shooting at Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas. Arlington police say that multiple calls came into the station around 9:15 AM (CDT) of reports of a shooting on the second floor of the high school.
According to the Arlington Assistant Police Chief Kevin Kolbye, the shooting sparked after an altercation occurred within a classroom. Kolbye said four people in total were physically injured, including two students who had been shot. In addition, an adult, that sustained injures from falling refused treatment while three students were taken to the hospital (MSN).
Police have identified the suspect as 18-year-old Timberview student Timothy George Simpkins and say he may be driving a 2018 silver Dodge Charger with Texas license plate PFY-6260. Simpkins is considered armed and dangerous and anyone who encounters this individual should immediately call 911.
Multiple law enforcement agencies arrived at campus, including police forces from Arlington, Mansfield and Mansfield ISD, Grand Prairie, in addition to the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Authorities were then seen outside of Simpkins home shortly after the shooting.
“This is not a random act of violence,” Kolbye said. “This is not somebody attacking our schools […] We believe this was a student who got into a fight.” (MSN) Kolbye says he wasn’t sure how Simpkins got the gun into the school or whether metal detectors were being used on the premise.
Timberview was placed on lockdown as authorities conducted a thorough search. Mansfield ISD gave the “all clear” around 11 a.m. CDT and that students would soon be reunited with their parents and guardians. The students were then loaded onto school buses and dropped at the Center for Performing Arts at approximately noon.
With about 1,900 students in attendance, word got out quickly. Dozens of supporters, that claimed to know students, showed up off-campus waiting for the students to be released. Among them was Casey Parker, a 39 year-old woman who came with her friend and hairdresser. Parker said that there were kids crying in the background, and police running up and down the hallways (MSN).
State Representative Chris Turner (D) whose district includes the school, tweeted that the situation was a “terrible tragedy”. “I am trying to find out more details, but for now, please pray for those injured and the safety of all involved,” Turner wrote in his tweet.
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