A suspect is in custody for a school shooting that left four people hurt at Timberview High School in Arlington on Wednesday morning.
Arlington police confirmed the school shooting started as a fight between a student and another individual around 9:15 a.m. One student then drew a weapon and fired an undetermined amount of shots.
Three people were taken to the hospital, two with gunshot wounds. They include a 15-year-old male in critical condition, a 25-year-old male in good condition and a teenage girl in good condition who will be discharged soon.
A gunshot wound (GSW) is physical trauma caused by a projectile from a firearm.
Damage may include bleeding, broken bones, organ damage, infection of the wound, loss of the ability to move part of the body, and in more severe cases, death.Damage depends on the part of the body hit, the path the bullet follows through the body, and the type and speed of the bullet.Long-term complications can include lead poisoning and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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In 2015, about a million gunshot wounds occurred from interpersonal violence. In 2016, firearms resulted in 251,000 deaths globally, up from 209,000 in 1990.
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In the United States, guns resulted in about 40,000 deaths in 2017.Firearm-related deaths are most common in males between the ages of 20 to 24 years
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A pregnant teacher was also hurt in a fall but was treated at the scene and not hospitalized, police said.
The school is in the city of Arlington but in the Mansfield school district.
The gunman, identified as 18-year-old Timothy George Simpkins, turned himself in Wednesday afternoon with his attorney.
Arlington police said Simpkins was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. They recovered the .45 caliber gun.
“We had some communication with his attorney,” said Arlington Police Asst. Chief Kevin Kolbye. “He did report to an attorney he was talking to our homicide detectives he drove him to our police station we took him in to custody.”
Simpkins is currently being held in jail on a $75,000 bond.
The alleged gunman’s family says they are not justifying him bringing a gun but hope the investigation will reveal more about the circumstances.
Arlington SWAT entered Simpkins’ home hours after police say he shot multiple people at the high school.
Timberview High School
Mansfield Timberview High School, or THS, is a secondary school located in Arlington, Texas. It is a Mansfield Independent School District campus. Its mascot is the wolf.
Timberview High School was named an AVID National Demonstration School in 2016 and an AVID School-wide Site of Distinction in 2017.
The school serves sections of Arlington, Mansfield, and Grand Prairie.
Timberview serves several communities, including Lake Port Village.
During an afternoon news conference police said he was at an Arlington police station, where detectives were speaking with him.
The teen was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with bond set at $25,000 for each count.
Arlington Assistant Police Chief Kevin Kolbye said Simpkins “turned himself in with an attorney”.
A .45-caliber gun was recovered along England Parkway in Grand Prairie, about 2 miles from the high school. Officials say it is being sent in for ballistics testing.
Simpkins, a student a the school, is said to be the person who opened fire in a classroom after getting into a fight with another student. Officials say they have seen video of the fight, but not the shooting. “This is not a random act of violence,” Assistant Chief Kolbye said. “This is not somebody attacking our school.”
A person with a weapon opened fire on the 2nd floor of Timberview High School, in the 7000 block of South Watson Road in Arlington around 9:15 a.m. The school is in the Mansfield Independent School District.
Kolbye confirmed that there are 4 victims from the incident. Three people were transported to a local hospital. One injured person refused treatment at the scene.
“More than two or three shots” were fired, and at least two people had gunshot injuries, Kolbye said. Two victims who were shot were expected to remain in the hospital. One was in the intensive care unit, Kolbye said. A third who may have been grazed by a bullet is expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday, he added. A fourth person was hurt but did not require hospitalization.