ARLINGTON, Texas – The 18-year-old student accused of injuring four people in a shooting at Timberview High School in Arlington was released from jail Thursday afternoon.
Timothy Simpkins kept quiet after posting bond. He did not respond to reporters when asked if he had anything to say to his family or those who were wounded.
He walked to the Pretrial Release Department so he could be fitted with an electronic leg monitor and given his conditions of bond.
Simpkins was arrested Wednesday after police said he opened fire inside Timberview High School following a fight with another student.
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The 18-year-old student accused of injuring four people in a shooting at Timberview High School in Arlington was released from jail Thursday afternoon.
Four people were hurt in the shooting including two teachers and two students. One 15-year-old boy was critically injured, another student was grazed by a bullet, and a teacher was shot.
Arlington police said officers found other weapons in the family’s home and believe they found the .45 caliber gun Simpkins used during the shooting on campus.
“The .45 caliber is a very large caliber handgun and a very potent, very deadly,” Arlington Police Department Assistant Chief Kevin Kolbye said.
In an interview on Good Day, Kolbye said the .45 caliber weapon found on a street in Grand Prairie has been linked to the shooting on the second floor in the classroom at the high school.
“ATF has done forensics and has matched that weapon with the casings that were found in the school,” he said. “We are at a high confidence degree we have found the weapon that was used.”
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The arrest affidavit states: “The witness intervened, breaking up the fight Simpkins was involved in. The witness was able to control the other individual involved in the altercation. This individual gave up and stopped being combative. When the witness turns around to check on Simpkins, Simpkins has produced a firearm.”
Simpkins’ family claims he was being bullied and trying to protect himself. They said there are documented reports of ongoing incidents between him and other students.
The family’s representative said that due to all the media attention, the Simpkins family is now concerned for their own safety.
“My sympathy goes out to the other families that was, you know, hurt,” Timothy’s grandmother, Lillie Simpkins, said.
She helped raise him, and she blames what happened on his being bullied.
“I baptized him. I dedicated him. He’s a good child. He’s my godson,” the family’s paster, Chris Taylor, said. “We’re going to keep praying for the families and support everybody in this dilemma.”
Kolbye said the bullying claims will be investigated, and had a message for Mansfield ISD school security.
“I think Mansfield ISD needs to reevaluate some of their safety measures, needs to look at some history. I will tell you, that over the past few years, we have seen an increase in our youth, in Arlington and other cities too, carrying weapons,” he said. “And we just can’t stress enough that today, young people carrying weapons is just not a solution to any type of violence or anything like that.”
Before he was released, Simpkins’ family prayed for him, those who were wounded and for Mansfield ISD to address the issue of bullying in schools.