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Timberview school shooting - live: Suspect taken into custody after four wounded in Arlington, Texas attack

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Gustaf Kilander,Bevan Hurley
Wednesday 06 October 2021 20:56 BST
Police search for ‘armed and dangerous’ gunman after four wounded in Texas

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The gunman suspected of shooting several people at a Texas high school on Wednesday has been taken into custody, police say.

Timothy George Simpkins, 18, handed himself in to police just after 2pm.

Mr Simpkins has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Kevin Kolbye, assistant chief of Arlington Police, announced the arrest at a press conference.

Mr Simpkins made contact with detectives through an attorney, and drove himself to a police station, police said.

The gun involved in the shooting, a .45 calibre handgun, was recovered from England Parkway, Grand Prairie.

The gun is going to be turned over to The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to run ballistics.

Three people were taken to hospital after the shooting, two suffering gunshot wounds, and one with minor injuries.

A 15-year-old male was in critical condition on Wednesday afternoon.

A male, 25, and a teenage girl were described as being in a good condition. A fourth victim was treated at the scene.


Texas shooting: Active shooter wounds several people at high school

An active shooter is on the loose at a high school in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Several people have been wounded in the shooting at Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, according to reports.

NBC5 reported that the local school district has wrote to parents to say the school is in lockdown and police are investigating an “active shooter situation” at the high school.

Students and staff are currently locked in their classrooms and offices, the Mansfield Independent School District told parents.

Arlington police and neighbouring law enforcement agencies are responding to the incident.

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Active shooter wounds several people at high school in Texas

High school placed in lockdown after gunman opens fire

Bevan Hurley6 October 2021 17:02

Video shows scene from inside classroom and gunshots are heard

Gustaf Kilander6 October 2021 17:05

“All clear” given as buses take students away from school

The Mansfield Independent School District has said in a press release that the “‘all clear’ has been given at Timberview High School, and Mansfield ISD's reunification process for those families has been solidified”.

“Students are being safely escorted right now on buses,” the school district added.

Gustaf Kilander6 October 2021 17:13

Three out of four victims taken to hospital after shooting

Three victims of the shooting have been taken to hospital with a fourth person with minor injuries refusing treatment, police have said during a press conference.

Gustaf Kilander6 October 2021 17:23

Police: Fight between student and individual led to shooting

Police have said during a press briefing that they think that a fight between a student and another person prompted the shooting.

They added that a person of interest is Timothy George Simpkins, a black 18-year-old man.

Gustaf Kilander6 October 2021 17:28

Assistant Police Chief say three out of four victims are students with one victim possibly being a teacher

Kevin Kolbye, assistant chief of Arlington Police, has said that three out of the four victims are students with one older victim possibly being a teacher.

Gustaf Kilander6 October 2021 17:31

Police tweet image of suspect

Gustaf Kilander6 October 2021 17:36

Authorities say they don’t know what type of gun was used

Authorities have said that they still don’t know what type of gun was used in the shooting.

An agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said that once they find out what type of gun it was, they’ll work on tracing the weapon to find its origin.

Gustaf Kilander6 October 2021 17:42

Video shows police response and students outside of school following shooting

Gustaf Kilander6 October 2021 17:45

Texas Senator Ted Cruz speaks following shooting

Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz said following the shooting: “I know all of us are lifting up in prayer the students and the teachers and the first responders and the parents.”

Gustaf Kilander6 October 2021 17:48

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