Timberview High School in Arlington was the scene of a shooting.
Authorities said a suspect who escaped after opening fire inside a Fort Worth-area high school, sending students and staff fleeing for their lives, was apprehended Wednesday following an hours-long manhunt.
A fight broke out inside a classroom at Timberview High School at 9:15 a.m., according to cell phone video received from a student. Timothy George Simpkins, 18, was 18 years old when he drew a weapon on Wednesday. He was last seen driving a 2018 Silver Dodge Charger as he fled the scene.
Simpkins was apprehended after a manhunt, according to authorities, and is anticipated to face three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Officials said he was being questioned by police on Wednesday afternoon. He is scheduled to appear in front of a court on Thursday. According to Arlington police jail records, he is being held on a $75,000 bond.
Multiple persons were injured, according to law enforcement, and some were taken to local hospitals. According to Fox affiliate KDFW-TV, three people were rushed to hospitals, two of whom had gunshot wounds and were receiving surgery. A 15-year-old kid in critical condition, a 25-year-old guy in good health, and a teenage girl in good condition are among the victims.
According to the news agency, a pregnant instructor was injured in a fall and treated on the spot.
Arlington Mayor Jim Ross informed Fox News over the phone that two persons were still in surgery and that the third had been treated and released. Parents waited four miles away at a performing arts center as authorities processed youngsters from the school. Students will be bussed there in the future to reunite with their families.
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According to Texas law, it is illegal for the shooter to own or purchase the pistol used in the Timberview High School massacre, according to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who spoke at a separate press conference on Wednesday. Ross went on to say that the suspect was in possession of a handgun on school grounds unlawfully. “I’m convinced law enforcement will discover him and catch him,” the mayor stated.
Only persons aged 21 and over are allowed to carry openly in Texas, according to a new legislation that took effect on Sept. 1.
“Our hearts go out to the victims of this horrific act of violence as law enforcement conducts their investigation,” Abbott said in a statement.
A Mansfield Independent School District representative confirmed to Fox News Digital via phone earlier Wednesday morning that there was a “police situation” at Timberview High School. “The school is on lockdown,” she stated, “children and staff are in their classrooms and offices, and no guests are being admitted at this time,” but she declined to provide any further information at the time.
The school district issued a statement Wednesday afternoon stating that the “all clear” had been granted at the school. Parents or guardians of students from Timberview and Early College high schools were instructed to pick up their students at the Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts while students were being escorted aboard buses.
On Wednesday, all after-school events were cancelled.
According to the school system, counselling services will be offered to students and parents at the reunification location.
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