Timberview High School shooting

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Timberview High School shooting
Part of mass shootings in the United States
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Arlington is located in the United States
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Attack type
School shooting
Non-fatal injuries
4[1]
AccusedTimothy George Simpkins
Charges3 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

On October 6, 2021, a shooter opened fire on people in Mansfield Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, injuring four individuals.[1][2] Three people were taken to the hospital, two with gunshot wounds. They include a 15-year-old male in critical condition, a 25-year-old male in good condition and a teenage girl in good condition.[3]

The school shooter, an eighteen-year-old student, was released on $75,000 bail.[4]

Events[edit]

A fight broke out in a class at the school between a 15-year-old male student and the shooter which was recorded by another student in the room.[5] In the video the shooter is shown being thrown to the floor and repeatedly punched.[6] A witness to the shooting had tried to break up the fight and was able to control the 15-year-old student and when they turned around the perpetrator allegedly drew a .45-caliber handgun and pointed it at the other boy before shooting about 7 to 8 times.[6] He then fled the school building in a silver 2018 Dodge Charger.[7]

At approximately 9:15 a.m. (CDT), police responded at the school about a potential shooter on the second floor of the building.[1] Two officers from the Mansfield Independent School District were located inside the building when the shooting began.[8]

Authorities conducted a search of the school, with the ATF and local law enforcement agencies arriving.[1]

Victims[edit]

Three people suffered gunshot wounds. A 15-year-old male student was shot and was placed in the ICU in critical but stable condition after having received surgery. A teacher suffered gunshot wounds was listed in moderate condition, and a second student suffered a graze wound, requiring a brief hospitalization. [9] Additionally, a pregnant woman received treatment at the school after falling over as people fled, but did not suffer gunshot wounds.[8] Three of the victims were students.[10]

Suspect[edit]

The shooting suspect was identified as 18-year-old Timothy George Simpkins, who fled in a Dodge Charger shortly after the shooting.[11] Hours after the shooting, Simpkins turned himself in[12] and was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.[13] He was released to his family on bond on October 7, which included 24-hour confinement and drug testing and he must not go within 1,000 feet of the school or those wounded.[5] His family claims Simpkins had been a target of bullying at the school and had been reportedly robbed twice at the school, however his parents told reporters that Simpkins decision to bring a gun to school could not be justified by his past experiences.[7]

A weapon, in the "streets of Grand Prairie", was recovered a few miles away from the high school. Grand Prairie Police say the weapon was a .45-caliber handgun, which, according to Grand Prairie chief of police Daniel Scesney, was suspected to be the weapon used in the shooting. The .45-caliber handgun that was found was later turned over to the ATF for ballistics testing.[14]

Investigation[edit]

Police are investigating all angles of the shooting including what started the fight between Simpkins and the 15-year-old male victim: if there was there a bullying situation and how Simpkins got the weapon as it is illegal for anyone under 21-years-old to purchase a handgun.[6]

Aftermath[edit]

A week after the shooting, the school district raised security measures system-wide, including random classroom checks for weapons.[15] There were protests.[16] Texas State University recommended all state school systems to review security.[17]

Reactions[edit]

The Editorial Board of the The Washington Post endorsed the idea that the Biden administration do more than active shooter drills, which, it said, only increase children anxiety.[18]

See also[edit]

  • List of school shootings in the United States

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Jones, Kay; Yan, Holly (October 6, 2021). "Police are at the scene of a shooting at a high school in Arlington, Texas". CNN. Retrieved 2021-10-06. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "Active Shooter at Timberview High in Arlington, Multiple People Shot". NBC10 Philadelphia. October 6, 2021. Retrieved 2021-10-06. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Rabb, Shaun (2021-10-06). "Timberview High School shooting leaves four injured; suspect arrested". FOX 4. Retrieved 2021-10-08.
  4. https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Texas-school-shooting-student-arrested-released-16516942.php
  5. 5.0 5.1 Yeomans, Meredith (October 7, 2021). "'He Is The Victim': Family of Student Injured in Timberview High School Shooting". NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth. Retrieved 2021-10-08. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Lopez, Rebecca (October 7, 2021). "Arlington police confirm Timberview fight video, claims of bullying part of shooting investigation". WFAA 8 ABC. Retrieved 2021-10-08. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Sorace, Stephen (2021-10-07). "Timberview High School shooting suspect's family say he was bullied: 'Trying to protect himself'". Fox News. Retrieved 2021-10-08.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Officers already inside school at time of shooting were able to provide support, assistant chief says". CNN. 2021-10-05. Retrieved 2021-10-05.
  9. "Status of 4 injured in Timberview High School shooting includes 1 in critical condition". Dallas News. 2021-10-06. Retrieved 2021-10-06.
  10. Elizabeth Findell,; Jennifer Calfas; Tawnell D. Hobbs (6 October 2021). "Texas Shooting Injures 4 at Timberview High School". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 16 October 2021. three victims were students
  11. Shaprio, Emily; Margolin, Josh (October 6, 2021). "Texas high school shooting: 4 hurt, 18-year-old suspect in custody". ABC News. Retrieved 2021-10-06.
  12. "Texas school shooting: Arlington police say suspect turned himself in | Watch News Videos Online". Global News. Retrieved 2021-10-06.
  13. "Shooting suspect is in custody, police say". CNN. 2021-10-05. Retrieved 2021-10-05.
  14. CNN, Kay Jones, Ashley Killough and Travis Caldwell. "Here's what we know about the Texas school shooting that left at least 4 people injured". CNN. Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  15. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/mansfield-isd-addressing-security-concerns-in-wake-of-timberview-high-shooting/ar-AAPuvuB
  16. https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/education/article254991397.html
  17. Shaun Rabb (14 October). "Texas schools urged to review security measures following Timberview High School shooting". KDFW - Fox 4. Retrieved 16 October 2021. Public and charter school districts in Texas are being told to review safety and security procedures Check date values in: |date= (help)
  18. "The Texas school shooting was 'not a random act of violence' — and that's the problem". The Washington Post. 9 October 2021. Archived from the original on 11 October 2021. Retrieved 16 October 2021. recommendations for the Biden administration on school safety that goes beyond the active-shooter drills that research shows only make children more anxious


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