4 injured in Texas High School after 18-year-old gunman opens fire
- The shooting happened at Timberview High School in Arlington
- Authorities said that the shooting happened after a fight broke out in the school
- The suspect has been nabbed
A student, identified as 18-year-old old Timothy George Simpkins, opened fire inside a Dallas-area high school during a fight. The shooting injured four people and the suspect fled after the incident, authorities said on Wednesday.
The suspect is in police custody after a manhunt, the Police Department said.
The shooting incident happened at Timberview High School in Arlington, which is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Out of the four injured people, two were shot and two others had unspecified injuries, Arlington Assistant Police Chief Kevin Kolbye said according to the Associated Press report.
According to Kolbye, three of the four were taken to hospitals and the other person refused treatment.
Live TV footage at the time of the shooting showed a line of ambulances and fire department vehicles staged outside the school, but no people being treated for injuries could be seen.
Police launched a manhunt for the suspected shooter, whom they identified as 18-year-old Timothy George Simpkins. He is now in custody
Kolbye said the shooting happened after a fight broke out. “This is not a random act of violence. This is not somebody attacking our school," he said.
"We had about 1,700 students here at Timberview High School, and we're glad that they're safe. We're trying to reunite them with their families," Kolbye said according to CNN, confirming that the students have been evacuated.
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.
“We feel confident that the shooter will be located very, very soon,” Republican Governor of Texas Greg Abbott told reporters during a visit to the Texas-Mexico border hours after the shooting and before the suspect was nabbed.
(With AP inputs)