Arlington school shooter Timothy Simpkins has been photographed in his $35,000 Dodge Charger with what appears to be a pistol in the side door of the driver’s seat and in other social media posts, standing on the car in expensive clothes and sneakers after his family claimed on Wednesday that he snapped because he was tired of being picked on for his nice things and shot up his school.
Simpkins, 18, turned himself in on Wednesday at around 1pm after fleeing Timberview High School in Arlington where he fired a .45 caliber pistol during a brawl with other students that morning.
Four people were injured; English teacher Calvin Pettitt, 25, who was shot in the back and is in the hospital with a collapsed lung, and 15-yerar-old student who is yet to be named who was also shot. Two others were injured but it’s unconfirmed if they were shot.
Simpkins has now been moved from the Arlington Police Department cells to Tarrant County Correctional Center. He is yet to go before a judge, but is being held on a $75,000 bond, according to jail records.
Police have not confirmed what type of weapon he used or who it was registered to. ATF agents are working to trace it now.
The teenager’s family will not say where he got the weapon. On Wednesday night, they spoke out on Wednesday night to defend him, claiming he reacted angrily after being picked on for months. They said that while they didn’t condone the shooting, they were grateful he did not kill himself.
Simpkins lives in a $400,000 home with his grandmother Lillie. He drives a 2018 Silver Dodge Charger, and his family described him as a ‘loveable’ kid. It’s unclear what his parents do for work or how involved they are in his life.
On social media, his cousin Cint Wheat said he was ‘no bad kid’ and that he’d been picked on. She shared a video that police have confirmed of a fight inside the school, involving Simpkins, not long before the shooting, but it’s unconfirmed if the video was taken on Tuesday or Wednesday. It shows one teenage boy beating up another but neither boy’s face can be seen in the footage.
They attempted to explain what he did by saying he was ‘robbed’ repeatedly and picked on, and that while they didn’t condone what he did, they were glad he didn’t kill himself instead.
‘He was robbed. It was recorded. It happened not just once, it happened twice. He was scared, he was afraid.
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Source: Daily Mail