4 hurt in shooting at Texas high school, suspect arrested

(NewsNation Now) — Multiple people were injured in a shooting at a Texas high school Wednesday morning and the suspect was arrested after a brief manhunt.

Police confirmed at least four people were hurt at Timberview High School in Arlington. One person was in critical condition, another was in good condition and a third person was treated for minor abrasions and was scheduled to be released from the hospital Wednesday afternoon, police said. A fourth person was hurt but did not require treatment at a hospital.

Police reported earlier three of the victims were Timberview students and another may have been a teacher. One of the victims was pregnant, police said.

Authorities said at a news conference that the shooting happened after a fight broke out in the school.

“This is not a random act of violence,” Arlington Assistant Police Chief Kevin Kolbye said at the news conference. “This is not somebody attacking our school.”

Timothy George Simpkins (Credit: Arlington Police Dept.)

Arlington police released a photo of a suspect in the shootings, 18-year-old Timothy George Simpkins. Police arrested Simpkins Wednesday afternoon. He was booked in the Arlington jail on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was being held on $75,000 bail. Police said they have recovered a handgun but are working to confirm it was the weapon used.

Parents waited at a staging area to meet with their children. But Ontario Hewitt, who has twins in ninth grade, waited outside one of their classroom windows to make sure he was safe. His other son had already been evacuated.

“I’m a prayer, I believe in Jesus so first thing I started doing was praying and hoping that my kids were safe,” Hewitt said.

The Mansfield Independent School District said students and staff were locked in classrooms or offices following the shooting.

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Hewitt said he got a text from his sons that the school was locked down, and saw the developments on social media.

The high school is about 20 minutes away from downtown Dallas. Timberview serves about 1,900 students in ninth through 12th grades. The sprawling complex opened in 2004.

The shooting happened just days after a shooting at a Houston charter school that injured an administrator. Texas’ deadliest school shooting occurred in May of 2018 when a then-17-year-old armed with a shotgun and a pistol opened fire at Santa Fe High School near Houston, killing 10 people, most of whom were students.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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