Timberview high school shooting suspect's family say he was bullied: 'Trying to protect himself'

Timothy Simpkins, a student at Timberview High School in Arlington, allegedly drew a .45 caliber handgun during a fight that broke out in a classroom around 9:15 a.m. before fleeing in a 2018 Silver Dodge Charger. After an hours-long manhunt, Simpkins turned himself in and is expected to be charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Following the incident, Simpkins’ family told reporters outside their home in Arlington that he was a target of bullying and had been robbed twice at school.

“The decision he made, taking the gun, we are not justifying that. That was not right. But he was trying to protect himself,” said family member Carol Harrison Lafayette, according to FOX4 Dallas-Fort Worth. “We hope the police department does the investigation properly.”

Simpkins turned himself in after an hours-long manhunt and is expected to be charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Simpkins turned himself in after an hours-long manhunt and is expected to be charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. (Arlington Police Department)

“To the victims’ family, there is no justification of anybody being hurt,” Lafayette said.

A 15-year-old boy was shot and remained in critical condition while a 25-year-old teacher who was also shot was in good condition, the outlet reported. A teenage girl was treated and released from a hospital after being grazed by a bullet. A pregnant teacher was injured in a fall and was treated at the scene. 

Families depart the Mansfield ISD Center For The Performing Arts Center where families were reunited with Timberview High School Students on Wednesday in Mansfield, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Families depart the Mansfield ISD Center For The Performing Arts Center where families were reunited with Timberview High School Students on Wednesday in Mansfield, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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