Suspect in custody after 4 hurt in shooting at a Arlington high school, officials say

by 24USATVOct. 7, 2021, 3:40 a.m. 18
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Arlington police say that a fight between two students prompted the shooting.

Four people were injured in a shooting Wednesday morning at Timberview High School in Mansfield ISD, police said. The suspect is in custody and he will be charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a gun, police said.

What we know:

During the search for Simpkins, police and SWAT units were seen in the neighborhood where he lives and the street was blocked off. There were also US Marshals at the scene.

Police said they did recover a .45 caliber weapon near the scene, although the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is still trying to determine whether it was the one used in the shooting.

Four people were hurt over the course of the situation, police said. Three had to be taken to the hospital. Two had gunshot wounds.

"The teachers were being taken in, and they said two people are in surgery...I don't know. I don't know," Aceves said. "I just know my kid is in there and he's scared and they're in the dark. Police are going up and down."

"No one woke up this morning thinking that this was going to happen. I mean, these children are just going through so much right now…and I just ask y’all to pray. Pray for these kids, pray for the parents, pray for the staff," the mother said.

"My view is that I feel that there needs to be some kind of security, a tight security. And I’m not saying that Timberview failed, but that child got through. I don’t know if he was a student in the class, I don’t think he was. But he got through. We can’t have that."

The district said all students and teachers in those schools were safe and that classes would continue as police investigated the scene at Timberview. Police said they were also increasing their presence at all of the schools in Arlington.

Abbott said he was confident that the suspect, identified by police as 18-year-old Timothy Simpkins, would be located by authorities soon. Simpkins was arrested a short time after.

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