Four people were injured in a shooting at a Texas high school on Wednesday and three are hospitalized, police said.
The suspect, gunman Timothy George Simpkins, a 18-year-old student, turned himself in and was in police custody Wednesday afternoon after initially fleeing the scene, said Arlington Assistant Police Chief Kevin Colby.
Simpkins was charged in Arlington Prison with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was released on 75,000 bail.
Kalbe said the shots were fired during a fight on the second floor of Timberview High School in Arlington. Officers received a gunshot call around 3:15 a.m. Colby said three of the dead were students.
“More than two or three shots were fired, and at least two people were injured in the gunfire,” Kalbe said. The two who were shot were supposed to be in the hospital. One was in the intensive care unit, Colby said. He added that the third, who was stolen by the bullets, was expected to be released from the hospital on Wednesday. A fourth person was injured but did not need hospitalization.
Colby said the shooting happened when a student “fought and pulled out a weapon,” adding that the incident was “not a random act of violence. It’s not someone attacking our school.”
One of the injured was “an elderly man who could be a teacher,” Colby said. He said a pregnant woman could fall and seek treatment at the time of the incident. He said the woman did not go to the hospital.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused,” said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, speaking at an incomplete press conference on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Officers could not say how the student opened fire at the building. Colby said the gun used by police appears to have been recovered on the streets of nearby Grand Prairie. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is expected to run ballistic on weapons, Coliobe said.
Initially students and staff were locked in their classrooms and offices, but the building was given “all clean,” the Mansfield Independent School District said in a statement. All students were evacuated by Wednesday afternoon, Kolibe said.
A parent reunion point was set up near the school district, Police confirmed on Twitter. More than 1,800 students attend Timberview High School.
The incident is the latest shooting at a school since the start of the school year. Several schools, finally returning to private instruction after more than a year of distance education, have closed in recent weeks due to shootings, panic among students, staff and parents.
Contributed by: Associated Press