Texas: A student opened fire inside a Texas high school during a fight, wounding four people before fleeing, officials said Wednesday. The shooting took place at Timberview High School in Arlington, which is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
Arlington Assistant Police Chief Kevin Colby said at a news conference that two people were shot and two others were wounded.
Police were looking for the suspected shooter, whom they identified as 18-year-old Timothy George Simpkins. He said he would be driving a 2018 Silver Dodge Charger with license plate number PFY-6260. “We believe the shooter will be found very, very soon,” Republican Gov.
Greg Abbott told reporters hours after the shooting while traveling to the Texas-Mexico border. Colby said the shooting happened after a fight. “This is not a random act of violence,” he said. “This is not someone attacking our school.
“Timberview serves approximately 1,900 students of classes IX to XII. The huge complex opened in 2004. After news of the shooting spread, parents gathered about 5 miles (8 kilometers) from campus to be reunited with their children, who were brought on a bus from school. Among them was Justin Rockhold, whose ninth-grade son texted him to let him know that he was fine.
Rockhold said he served in the military and used that experience to instruct his son, telling him to keep his head down and stay safe. Asked if he had thought of the shooting happening, the father said that his military training also reminds him of the dangerous realities of life.
“Obviously in America – the world we live in today – it’s always something … it’s in the back of your mind,” Rockhold said, his prayers with the wounded. “I am blessed today that my baby is safe.
The shooting occurred just days after a shooting at a Houston charter school in which an administrator was injured. Texas’s deadliest school shooting occurred in May of 2018 when a then 17-year-old armed with a shotgun and pistol went to Santa Fe near Houston. The high school was set on fire, killing 10 people, most of them students.
(with AP input)