Timberview High School shooting leaves 4 injured. Teen gunman, Timothy George Simpkins arrested after fleeing scene. Altercation in classroom leads to gunfire.
A teen gunman who fled after opening gunfire at a Texas high school during a classroom fight Wednesday morning, leading to four individuals injured, has been arrested.
Timothy George Simpkins, 18, allegedly drew a weapon and opened fire after getting into an altercation with another student around 9:15 a.m. local time on the second floor of Timberview High School in Arlington, Assistant Police Chief Kevin Kolbye said during a press conference.
Simpkins fled the scene and was believed to be in a 2018 Dodge Charger with the license plate PFY-6260. Kolbye said.
It wasn’t until some two hours later that the wanted teen was arrested, with the Arlington Police Dept tweeting: ‘The suspect has been taken into custody without incident and charged with multiple counts of Aggravated Assault with a gun.’
Prior to his capture the wanted teen was described as ‘armed and dangerous.’
Four people are injured after a shooting at an Arlington, Texas High School
18-year-old Timothy George Simpkins, who is believed to be a student at the school, has been identified as a suspect. Simpkins has not been apprehended, and is considered to be “armed and dangerous.” pic.twitter.com/TW3iRPHQuj
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 6, 2021
Students scrambling to take cover
Two of the victims suffered gunshot wounds, police said, including a 15 year old student who remained in critical condition and that of a 25-year-old English teacher identified as Calvin Pettitt. The educator underwent surgery and was in good condition
A fourth person, described as a pregnant teacher, injured herself after falling during the shooting. The un-named educator was reported to be fine and refusing hospital assistance.
A teacher told ABC News he heard the shooting and barricaded in a classroom with his students.
Footage posted to Twitter showed students scrambling to take cover as gunshots rang out.
Cops arrested Timothy Simpkins, the alleged gunman, after his attorney drove him to a police station. Simpkins is being held at the police station in Ott Cribbs in Arlington, according to authorities.
He has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a gun.
Police said that the weapon was recovered along England Parkway in Grand Prairie, which is about two miles from the high school. The gun is being examined for ballistics testing, according to law enforcement officials.
Video of the alleged school shooter Timothy George Simpkins pic.twitter.com/joh6Xzkwo2
— Mark Walker🏴🇬🇧 (@MarkWL20) October 6, 2021
Here’s the text I received from a kid in the class holding pressure on our daughters gun shot wound. It was confusing when I first got it. Now it’s just traumatizing. How come we as parents are still getting these texts? Why is nothing being done? pic.twitter.com/U44ezXEu21
— Tiffany Shepis-Tretta (@TiffanyShepis) October 6, 2021
The gun used in the incident was not legal, with authorities saying that ‘it is illegal for the shoot to either possess or have purchased the gun that was used in this crime.’
Arlington Police confirmed at the time of the shooting that they were conducting a ‘methodical search’ for the wanted teen with help from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other local agencies.
The ‘all clear’ was given at the 1,900-student school following a lockdown. Students were escorted to another building to be reunited with their families, the Mansfield Independent School District said.
The state’s deadliest school shooting occurred in May 2018 when a then-17-year-old armed with a shotgun and pistol at Santa Fe High School fatally shot 10 people, most of whom were students.
Arlington is located between Fort Worth and Dallas.