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18-year-old gunman lashes out in school, shoots 25-year-old English teacher in the back


A school shooting on Wednesday left a teacher and a student fighting for their lives.

Timothy George Simpkins, 18, is said to have opened fire at Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, before turning into a cop.

The shooting was within millimeters of proving fatal for English teacher Calvin Pettitt, 25, who was shot in the back, breaking his ribs and collapsing a lung.

A 15-year-old student was also left in critical condition and a teenage girl suffered a small abrasion from the .45 caliber gunfire.

Simpkins’ attorney drove him to the police station a few hours later at around 1:15 p.m.

Mr Pettitt’s sister Grace Rinearson described the news of the bullet narrowly missing her aorta as “one of the scariest mornings of my life”.

Simpkins reportedly fled the scene in a Silver Dodge Charger

She tweeted: “Feeling extremely blessed and grateful. Please hug your loved ones, this is a crazy world we live in.”

Suspected shooter Simpkins has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a firearm and is being held on bail set at $ 75,000 (£ 55,000).

SWAT teams raided his family’s home in Arlington, local media report.

At the time of the shooting, the school’s 1,700 students were evacuated.

The police gun suspect was used in the attack, was found two miles from the high school and is currently being screened for ballistic tests, law enforcement officials said.

Timberview High School
The whole school was evacuated at the time of the shooting

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Arlington Deputy Police Chief Kevin Kolbye said: “This is not a random act of violence. It is not someone attacking our school.

“He’s a student, we immediately think, preliminary, that he was a student who fought and drew a gun.

Investigators said a brawl broke out in a classroom on the second floor of the high school, prompting the suspect to pick up his gun at 9:15 a.m.

Kolbye said resources responding to the shooting had been divided following threats on social media about possible shootings at other schools in the area.

Kolbye warned that bogus threats of violence will be countered with the full force of law. He said: “I want the message to be clear that this is not something to go on. We will investigate you.

“Federal government partners will also be able to investigate you if you do not live in our city and lead you to a successful prosecution.”

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