“He not no bad kid:” Family member defends Texas shooter by saying he was bullied

Timothy George Simpkins (Instagram)

Maggie Prosser

The Dallas Morning News

The suspect arrested in the shooting at Timberview High School in Arlington remains in custody at the Arlington jail Thursday morning, according to jail records.

Timothy George Simpkins, 18, was named as a suspect in the shooting at the high school, and was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon about 1:20 p.m., Arlington police said.

He faces three charges of aggravated assault. His bond — which had not been posted as of Thursday morning — has been set at $75,000, according to jail records. He turned himself in with the help of an attorney but it’s unclear who represents him.

Here’s what we know about Simpkins and the shooting so far:

  • He is an 18-year-old student at Timberview High School in Arlington.
  • A fight reportedly broke out in a second-story classroom at the school, followed by the shooting. The suspect left after the shooting.
  • Police began to look for the car Simpkins drives, a 2018 silver Dodge Charger. The vehicle was found at an apartment complex in Grand Prairie.
  • Simpkins turned himself in to authorities at about 1:15 p.m., and with an attorney, was speaking to detectives.
  • A social media video circulating appears to show someone who looks like Simpkins in a fight at the school, but police said they can’t verify that it is from the school yet.
  • 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.
  • Simpkins posted a picture on Instagram with his Dodge Charger that shows what appears to be a handgun in the door (pictured above).
  • Police said they don’t know how the shooter got a gun into the school. Grand Prairie police recovered a .45-caliber handgun on England Parkway and federal authorities are seeking to determine whether it was used in the shooting.
  • About 2:30 p.m., a SWAT team executed a search warrant at the home where he lives with his grandmother. The Edgefield neighborhood is a relatively new development with limestone and brick facades.
  • Simpkins’ social media accounts appear to have been active early Wednesday but the accounts are no longer available.

Researchers Erin Sood, Naomi Kaskela and Ana Niño contributed to this story.

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