At 9:15 a.m. local time Wednesday, Arlington police responded to reports of shots being fired inside the Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, which is located between Dallas and Forth Worth. According to police, the shooting was not a random act, but instead a fight between students when one of them drew a weapon said Arlington Police Chief Kevin Kolbye.
School police as well as police from surrounding agencies responded and determined the suspect had left the school and there was no longer an active threat. Police said Timothy George Simpkins is the suspect and that he turned himself into police Wednesday afternoon. Bond was set at $75,000. Grand Prairie police said they recovered a .45-caliber handgun believed to have been used in the school shooting. Police have turned over the handgun to the ATF for ballistics testing. Simpkins has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with additional charges like to be filed.
Among the four victims who were shot, three were hospitalized and all are expected to make a full recovery, one of which was a 25-year old. The fourth victim, a 15-year old, is in critical condition according to the police.
Simpkins family has asked for forgiveness according to a family spokesperson.
Students were bussed to the Mansfield ISD Center for the Performing Arts where they were reunited with parents.