Two individuals had been shot and two others injured when an 18-year-old scholar drew a gun and opened fireplace throughout a classroom combat at a Texas highschool on Wednesday, police mentioned.
Arlington assistant police chief Kevin Kolbye mentioned a suspect, recognized as Timothy George Simpkins, had been arrested after the taking pictures at Timberview Excessive Faculty in Arlington, a suburb of Dallas.
Kolbye mentioned Simpkins, who turned himself in after fleeing the varsity, can be charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a lethal weapon. Police mentioned a .45 caliber gun had been recovered.
“This isn’t a random act of violence,” Kolbye informed reporters. “A scholar obtained right into a combat and drew a weapon.”
Three individuals had been hospitalized, two of them with gunshot wounds, the police officer mentioned. Native media mentioned a 15-year-old boy was in essential situation whereas the opposite accidents weren’t life-threatening.
A fourth particular person, a pregnant lady, was handled on the scene for minor accidents and launched
Kolbye mentioned greater than “two or three photographs” had been fired.
“We all know that it is a traumatic incident for these children,” he mentioned. “We have elevated safety with extra law enforcement officials in any respect of our faculties in Arlington.”
The college was locked down following the taking pictures and Arlington police arrange a safe space for folks to reunite with their youngsters.
Tv photographs confirmed a heavy police presence across the faculty after the taking pictures, with armed officers looking out the sprawling campus and ambulances and fireplace vehicles on the scene.
A fleet of yellow faculty buses was mobilized to evacuate college students from the varsity after the lockdown was lifted.
Timberview Excessive Faculty has an enrollment of round 1,900 college students.
After a yr spent largely studying on-line, US faculties have returned to the classroom, reviving the worry of on-campus shootings, with a number of small-scale incidents reported in current weeks.
Greater than 256,000 college students have been uncovered to gun violence in US faculties since 13 individuals had been killed within the bloodbath at Columbine Excessive Faculty in Colorado in 1999, in keeping with knowledge compiled by The Washington Put up.
The determine consists of these caught up within the violence, comparable to witnesses, and people compelled to evacuate instructional establishments when gunfire erupted.
In keeping with a Put up database, there have been 29 faculty shootings in america in 2018 and 27 in 2019. The Put up figures don’t embody shootings at faculties or universities, suicides or unintentional discharges.
The deadliest current faculty taking pictures in america came about in 2018, when 17 individuals had been killed by a former scholar at a highschool in Parkland, Florida.
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