Four people were injured in a Texas high school shooting Wednesday, and three were taken to hospital, police said.
The shooting took place in Arlington, on the second floor of Timberview High School, said Kevin Kolbye, Arlington’s deputy police chief. Officers received calls from a shooting around 9:15 a.m. and responded to the scene, he said.
“More than two or three shots” were fired, and at least two people were shot and wounded, Kolbye said. Some of the victims were “already in surgery” late Wednesday morning in Mansfield, Texas, Police Chief Tracy Aaron said.
Police identified 18-year-old student Timothy George Simpkins as a “person of interest” in the incident and said he may be driving a silver Dodge Charger. Officers suspect the shooting occurred when a student “fought and drew a gun,” Kolbye said.
“This is not a random act of violence. It is not someone attacking our schools,” Kolbye said.
Aaron said the suspect was “considered armed and dangerous”.
One of the injured was “an elderly person who could be a teacher,” Kolbye said. A pregnant woman may have fallen during the incident and received medical attention, he said. The woman did not go to the hospital, he said.
Officers could not tell how the student brought a weapon into the building.
“Keep the victims in your mind in your prayers,” Aaron said.
Students and staff were initially locked in their classrooms and offices, but the building was given the green light late Wednesday morning, the Mansfield Independent School District said in a statement.
Arlington Police said they work closely with the Mansfield Police Department, the Mansfield Independent School District Police Department, the Grand Prairie Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The school district set up a meeting point for parents nearby, police confirmed on Twitter.
Over 1,800 students attend Timberview High School.
The incident is the last school shooting since the start of the school year. Several American schools, finally back in person after more than a year of distance learning, have closed in recent weeks due to shootings, causing panic among students, staff and parents.