ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) — The “all clear” has been given at Timberview High School in Arlington after an active shooter situation Wednesday morning, but the search continues for a suspected teenaged gunman.
A person with a weapon opened fire on the 2nd floor of Timberview High School, in the 7000 block of South Watson Road in Arlington around 9:15 a.m. The school is in the Mansfield Independent School District.
Arlington Assistant Police Chief Kevin Kolbye confirmed that there are 4 victims from the situation. Three people were transported to a local hospital. One injured person refused treatment at the scene.
As of 1:00 p.m. all of those victims were being treated at Medical City Arlington. One of the victims is critical, the other two are in good condition.
During a morning press conference Kolbye said he wasn’t sure if Timberview has metal detectors.
Two of the victims are said to have gunshot wounds. Of those transported to local hospitals 2 of the victims were students and the other was described as an “older person” who may be a teacher.
Police are searching for Timothy George Simpkins who they say is a person of interest, who is possibly driving a silver-colored 2018 Dodge Charger. The Texas license plate on the vehicle is — PFY-6260.
Police say Simpkins, a student a the school, opened fire in a classroom after getting into a fight with another student. Officials say they have seen video of the fight, but not the shooting. “This is not a random act of violence,” Kolbye said. “This is not somebody attacking our school.”
Simpkins, 18, is considered armed and dangerous.
We are looking for a shooting suspect in today’s incident at @mansfieldisd Timberview School. Please call 911 if you know the whereabouts of 18-year old Timothy George Simpkins who may be driving a 2018 Silver Dodge Charger with license plate PFY-6260. pic.twitter.com/npaNVBDXRp
— Arlington Police, TX (@ArlingtonPD) October 6, 2021
The school was immediately placed on lockdown, and students and staff were locked in their classrooms/offices. The Mansfield ISD has began the reunification process of families. Officials said students are being ‘safely’ escorted to buses.
CBS 11 News reporter Nicole Jacobs spoke with a parent who described information gotten from their child inside of a classroom. “He said the doors are locked and the police still haven’t found the shooter,” the mother recalled. “I haven’t been able to reach my son for 20 minutes… when we last spoke I heard the other kids crying and screaming in the classroom.”
From Chopper 11 heavy police activity and dozens of people could be seen outside.
Officials with the Arlington Police Department confirmed that the ATF Dallas Field Division, Mansfield PD, Grand Prairie PD, and Mansfield ISD police are all working the scene and are doing a ‘methodical search’ of the campus.
Mansfield ISD has set up a reunification location where adults can pick up students. Parents are being told to go to the Center for Performing Arts, located at 1110 West Debbie Lane in Mansfield. Police say students will eventually be bused to the location after the school is completely secured and officers will be on the scene. The current student population is around 2,000.
CBS 11 News photographer Vince Bosquez reported live on CBS 11 News that police had surrounded a home where they believe the suspect lives. That location is near Ragland Road, in the 8000 Block of South Collins.
As a precaution, the following Arlington ISD schools are on lockout as police search for a suspect/s related to the active shooter event:
- Arlington Collegiate High School at Tarrant County College
- Ashworth Elementary
- Barnett Elementary
- Beckham Elementary
- Bebensee Elementary
- Bowie High School
- Bryant Elementary
- Hale Elementary
- Ousley Junior High
- Pearcy STEM Academy
A lockout means all school exterior doors are locked from the inside. Administrators say all students at those schools are safe inside and that teaching and learning will continue.
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