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Suspect that police say shot multiple people at Texas high school is in custody

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Posted at 8:38 AM, Oct 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-06 14:41:17-04

A suspect who police say shot two people Wednesday at a Dallas-area high school has been taken into custody.

Kevin Kolbye, the assistant chief of police for the Arlington Police Department, said that 18-year-old Timothy Simpkins was taken into custody on Wednesday, hours after two people were shot and two others injured in an incident at Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas.

Officials said that Simpkins would be charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a gun.

Kolbye said that one of the people hospitalized Wednesday underwent surgery and was in intensive care. A second patient who was hospitalized was said to be in "good" condition.

The incident occurred at about 9:15 a.m. CT Wednesday morning. Police say they believe it began as a "fight between (Simpkins) and another individual in class" and that "a gun was used."

Simpkins later fled campus. After a brief search, he was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon.

At a press conference in Mission, Texas, on Wednesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the gun that was used in the incident was not legal, adding that "it is illegal for the shooter to either possess or have purchased the gun that was used in this crime."

Officials later confirmed they recovered a gun they believe was used in the shooting in the street in nearby Grand Prairie, Texas.

This story is breaking and will be updated.