Even though one of the victims remains in a coma, the Texas kid who allegedly opened fire at his high school injured four people and celebrated his release from jail with a bizarre welcome home party.
According to the Sun, the student, who was charged with three charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, was shown enjoying a joyous family gathering in his kitchen in footage uploaded on social media.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Zacchaeus Selby, a 15-year-old student who was struck four times during the gunshots, is still in an induced coma.
According to a GoFundMe site set up to gather funds for his medical needs and legal costs, “Zacchaeus is a bright young and respectable man who lighted up a room every time with his presence.”
“He has a golden heart and does not deserve to be battling for his life in an ICU since he was shot in a place where (sic) children should feel safe. He’s a wonderful brother, boyfriend, and coworker who hasn’t a bone in his body to bully anyone,” the fundraising continues.
According to a spokesman for Simpkins’ family, he acted in self-defense after being robbed and bullied for wearing beautiful clothes and driving a great automobile.
Simpkins allegedly got into a confrontation with another student during class on Wednesday, which escalated to shooting, according to social media footage.
According to an arrest warrant, when the altercation was broken up and the two students settled down, Simpkins took a pistol from his backpack and fired multiple shots, striking Selby and two other persons.
According to authorities and his family, Calvin Pettitt, a 25-year-old English teacher who went in to break up the fight, was shot in the back and suffered shattered ribs and a punctured lung.
According to a bond paperwork acquired by Dallas News, Eyimofe Olawepo and Pariesa Altma were also hurt.
During the incident, a pregnant woman was injured in a fall, but was treated at the spot, according to police.
Kathy Selby, Selby’s grandmother, told WFAA that the two teenagers had been feuding for quite some time.
“They’re portraying Simpkins as a victim.” My grandson is in the intensive care unit after being shot four times. “My grandson is the perpetrator,” she informed the news organization.
On behalf of Simpkins’ family, civil rights attorney Kim Cole chastised media outside the jail for depicting the incident as a “standard-issue school shooting.”
“There have been a number of tragic school shootings across the country. Cole described all school shootings as “tragic.” “However, in this circumstance, this was not someone who had made up their mind and said, ‘You know, okay, I’m upset, and I’m just going to kill anybody I see.'”
“But that wasn’t the case here. As a result, I ask that the media rectify their story about what happened, and that everyone respect the family’s privacy,” she stated.