(ARLINGTON, Texas) – Four people were injured in a shooting at Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday morning, authorities said.
The suspect, an 18-year-old student, fled and was taken into custody hours later, authorities said.
Two of the victims were shot and wounded, police said. Three of the victims were students and one was an elderly person who may have been a teacher, police said.
Three of the four victims were hospitalized: a 15-year-old boy in critical condition, a 25-year-old man in good condition and a teenage girl in good condition, police said.
Police identified the suspect as 18-year-old Timothy George Simpkins. After announcing a search for him, police said he had been taken into custody and charged with several counts of aggravated assault with a firearm. The suspicious teenager contacted his lawyer before surrendering, police said.
Police said it was not a random act of violence and the suspect allegedly fought before drawing a gun.
A teacher told ABC News he heard the shooting and barricaded himself in a classroom with his students.
The “everything is clear” was given to the school following confinement. Students are being escorted to another building to reunite with their families, the Mansfield Independent School District said.
ATF officials are at the scene in Arlington, between Fort Worth and Dallas.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement: “Our hearts are with the victims of this senseless act of violence.”
“Thank you to the police and to the first responders who arrived on the scene to help the victims and prevent further violence,” he said. “I have spoken with the Mayor of Arlington and offered all the help the state can provide, and have asked the Texas Department of Public Safety to make resources available to the state to help bring the criminal to justice. “
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