Four people were injured in a shooting at a Texas high school on Wednesday and three were taken to hospital, police said.
The shooting happened on the second floor of Timberview High School in Arlington, said Arlington Police Assistant Chief Kevin Colby. He said officers received a call for gunfire around 15:15 p.m.
“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.
Timothy George Simpkins, a 1b student, was in police custody Wednesday afternoon. Simpkins contacted an attorney and then recused himself with the attorney, Colby added.
Colby said Simpkins is expected to be charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Officials suspect the shooting happened when a student “fought and pulled out a weapon,” Colby said, adding that the incident was “not a random act of violence.”
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 Abbott, who appeared at an unrelated news 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.
Aaron said, “Be the victim of your thoughts in prayer.”
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.
Arlington Police said they are working closely with the Mansfield Police Department, the Mansfield Independent School District Police Department, the Grand Prairie Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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 beginning 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.