Shooting Reported at Texas High School, Suspect in Custody: Police

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
October 6, 2021 Updated: October 6, 2021

An 18-year-old student who opened fire during a fight and injured four people on Wednesday has been taken into custody, authorities told The Associated Press.

Officials have identified a suspect involved in the shooting as Timothy George Simpkins, 18. He’s accused of opening fire at the Timberview High School on Wednesday morning in Arlington, a Dallas-area suburb.

“We currently have multiple agencies, including the U.S. Marshals’ task force that is looking for this individual. Again, this is a collaborative effort between state, local, and federal agencies to bring this person to justice,” Arlington Police Assistant Chief Kevin Kolbye said at a news conference.

Earlier update:

“We are on scene at a shooting at Timberview High School,” said the Arlington Police Department in its initial Twitter post. “We are doing a methodical search and working closely with” the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) and other local law enforcement agencies, it added.

The Mansfield Independent School District stated that Timberview High School was placed on lockdown Wednesday morning.

“My daughter just texted me that there was a … school shooting at Timberview H.S. In Mansfield ISD in Arlington, TX. She sent this video that’s out. Her nearby school is on lockdown also, and we hear police sirens rushing in. Police confirm there is an active shooter. Praying,” wrote Nerissa Knight, who claimed to be a parent of one of the students at the high school.

Schools in the area were placed on lockdown, and students and staff were locked in their classrooms or offices, the Mansfield Independent School District told local media in a statement.

Texas School Shooting
Law enforcement officers from different agencies gather in the parking lot of Timberview High School after a shooting inside the school located in south Arlington, Texas, on Oct. 6, 2021. (LM Otero/AP Photo)

An Arlington Police Department spokeswoman told The Associated Press that she couldn’t confirm whether there were any injuries. Students and staff were locked in classrooms, offices, or other rooms, the school district told the news agency.

Other details about the incident were not provided by officials.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.