Video and details - 4 Hurt After Student Opens Fire During Fight at Timberview HS in Arlington



US police said Wednesday that officers from several agencies were at the scene of a shooting at Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas.


Arlington Mayor Jim Ross said at least four people were injured, and three were taken to hospital, one with minor injuries and refusal to be treated.



Arlington Police are asking for the public to help find the suspect, 18-year-old Timothy George Simpkins.


According to the initial police report, a shooting took place on the second floor of the school around 9:15 a.m. (10:15 a.m. ET).


Authorities are conducting "systematic research" and working closely with several local police departments and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Arlington Police tweeted.


An FBI spokesperson said FBI agents from the Dallas field office are also at the site, but Arlington Police is the lead agency.


The ministry said students will be bused to a parent reunion point once the school is "fully secured".


Police searched for hours to find 18-year-old suspect Timothy George Simpkins. During an afternoon press conference police said he was at an Arlington police station, where detectives were speaking with him.


The teen was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with bond set at $25,000 for each count.


Arlington Assistant Police Chief Kevin Kolbye said Simpkins “turned himself in with an attorney”. A .45-caliber gun was recovered along England Parkway in Grand Prairie, about 2 miles from the high school. Officials say it is being sent in for ballistics testing.


Officials with the Arlington ISD said while there are no metal detectors at Timberview, there are law enforcement officers on every campus in the district.


The school was immediately placed on lockdown, and students and staff were locked in their classrooms/offices. The Mansfield ISD immediately began the reunification process of families. Students were ‘safely’ escorted to buses.


From Chopper 11 heavy police activity and dozens of people could be seen outside the school.


Officials with the Arlington Police Department confirmed that the ATF Dallas Field Division, Mansfield PD, Grand Prairie PD, and Mansfield ISD police performed a ‘methodical search’ of the campus.


During the afternoon press conference Assistant Chief Kolbye also confirmed that all of the students at Timberview had been evacuated. There were some 1,700 youngsters being united with their families. Victim services has been called in to help the students.


Mansfield ISD has set up a reunification location where adults can pick up students. Parents are being told to go to the Center for Performing Arts, located at 1110 West Debbie Lane in Mansfield. Police say students will eventually be bused to the location after the school is completely secured and officers will be on the scene.


 


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