Suspected Texas high school shooter released from jail

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The Texas student who allegedly opened fire at his high school, injuring four people, including a teacher, was sprung from jail on Thursday afternoon.

Timothy George Simpkins, who attends Timberview High School in Arlington, will report to home confinement after he posted $75,000 bond at Tarrant County Jail, news station WFAA reported.

As part of the conditions of his release, he will also have to submit to drug and alcohol testing and wear a GPS monitoring device.

Simpkins allegedly got into an altercation during class with another student that escalated to gunfire Wednesday.

Law enforcement officers walk as they secure the school grounds after a shooting at Mansfield Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, U.S. October 6, 2021.
Law enforcement officers secure the school grounds after a shooting at Mansfield Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, on Oct. 6, 2021.REUTERS/Jeremy Lock

The fight was broken up and the two students calmed down, but then Simpkins pulled out a firearm from his orange backpack and fired several shots that struck three people, according to an arrest warrant Thursday.

Timothy George Simpkins
Timothy George Simpkins
Arlington Police Dept.

Calvin Pettitt, a 25-year-old English teacher who jumped in to break up the fight, was shot in the back, suffering broken ribs and a collapsed lung, according to police and his family.

The other victims were identified as Zacchaeus Selby, Eyimofe Olawepo and Pariesa Altma, according to a bond document obtained by Dallas News.

Police have said a 15-year-old boy was in critical condition, while a teenage girl who was grazed by a bullet had been discharged from the hospital.

The fourth victim, a pregnant woman, was injured in a fall during the shooting, but received medical care on the scene, police said.

Simpkins was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Simpkins’ family spokeswoman, Carol Harrison-Lafayette, has claimed that he acted out of self-defense after being robbed and targeted by bullies.

“He was robbed. It was recorded. It happened not just once, it happened twice. He was scared, he was afraid,” Harrison-Lafayette told reporters.

Harrison-Lafayette said that the accused shooter will appear with his family for a press conference outside of the jail Thursday afternoon.



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