Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

Police have captured an ‘armed and dangerous’ 18-year-old they believe opened fire at a Texas school, injuring four people. 

Cops had been searching for Timothy George Simpkins, 18, the alleged gunman at Timberview High School in Arlington who injured four people. He is believed to have fled in a 2018 Silver Dodge Charger with a license plate number PFY6260.  

Authorities have warned the public that Simpkins is considered ‘armed and dangerous’. 

‘We currently have multiple agencies, including the US Marshals’ task force that is looking for this individual,’ said Arlington Assistant Police Chief Kevin Kolbye. 

‘Again, this is a collaborative effort between state, local and federal agencies to bring this person to justice.’ 

Kolbye added: ‘This is not a random act of violence. This is not somebody attacking our school.’ 

‘This is a student, we believe right now, preliminary, that it was a student that got into a fight and drew a weapon,’ he said.

Investigators said that a fight ensued in a classroom, prompting the suspect to open fire. Three of the victims were students and one was an older person, possibly a teacher, according to law enforcement officials. A pregnant woman fell during the shooting and was treated at the scene, Kolbye said.

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

Police are searching for Timothy George Simpkins (right), 18, the alleged gunman at Timberview High School in Arlington. He is believed to have fled in a 2018 Silver Dodge Charger. One local television station, CBS DFW, posted an image (left) believed to be from one of the classrooms inside the school. It shows chairs stacked against a door as a barricade   

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

Police in Arlington were on the scene in a nearby residential area in search of the suspect on Wednesday afternoon

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

A massive police presence was seen in a residential neighborhood not far from the school after the shooting on Wednesday

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas (above) was placed on lockdown on Wednesday morning following reports of an active shooter

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

People are gathered outside of the school as it was placed on lockdown on Wednesday

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

Local news stations broadcast images filmed by helicopter news teams that show fire trucks in the parking lot where students and faculty staff were gathering

Three of the victims were rushed to a hospital while the fourth suffered minor injuries and declined medical care, according to police. 

Arlington police said more than one victim is undergoing surgery at a hospital. The extent of their injuries is not known as of 12:30pm Eastern time. 

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF’s) Dallas field office and the FBI were at the scene, but the criminal investigation is being led by the Arlington Police Department. 

Timberview serves about 1,900 students in ninth through 12th grades. The sprawling complex opened in 2004.   

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

Assistant Arlington police chief Kevin Kolbye (above) briefs reporters outside the school on Wednesday

Kolbye told reporters that on-site officers were inside the school at the time of the shooting. It is unclear how the gun made it into the school. 

The ATF said it will track down the weapon that was used.

‘We’ll figure out where this individual got this gun from,’ Jeff Boshek, special agent in charge of the ATF’s Dallas Field Division, told CNN.

‘Our agents won’t sleep, working with our partners here, to figure out how he got this weapon in his hand to come in this school and cause this tragedy today.

‘So, I don’t have much information I can give you on the weapon. Obviously, we don’t have that yet.

‘We haven’t been in the school to figure out the caliber of the weapon or anything like that yet, but as soon as we do, we’ll have something to get out to you guys.’  

One parent told CBS 11 TV that their child contacted them from inside the classroom. 

‘He said the doors are locked and the police still haven’t found the shooter,’ the mother recalled. 

‘I haven’t been able to reach my son for 20 minutes… when we last spoke I heard the other kids crying and screaming in the classroom.’ 

One parent who was texting her son from outside the school told WFAA-TV: ‘The teachers were being taken in, and they said two people are in surgery… I don’t know. I don’t know.

‘I just know my kid is in there and he’s scared and they’re in the dark. Police are going up and down.’  

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News
, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

The image above shows students evacuating Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas on Wednesday

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

A law enforcement officer walks in the parking lot of Timberview Hight School after a shooting inside the school

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

In this image from WFAA-TV video, law enforcement arrives at Timberview High School on Wednesday

One woman posted a video clip on social media her daughter sent her, which purported to be taken by a student at the school. The clip shows students rushing out of their seats after hearing loud bangs. 

Officers at the scene ran from the parking lot and into the school while armed with long guns, according to NBC 5

One local television station, CBS DFW, posted an image believed to be from one of the classrooms inside the school. It shows chairs stacked against a door as a barricade.   

Local news stations broadcast images filmed by helicopter news teams that show fire trucks in the parking lot where students and faculty staff were gathering.

The school district later announced that a lockdown had been lifted after the ‘all clear’ was given and the building was secured a short time later. 

The Mansfield Independent School District which oversees the school released a statement saying that the school was on lockdown and that students and staff were ‘locked in their classrooms/offices.’   

Arlington police said the school district is setting up a staging area where parents can meet their children.

The reunification point is at the Center for Performing Arts located at 1110 W. Debbie Lane. 

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

Large groups of people are seen above in the parking lot of Timberview High School in Arlington on Wednesday

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

Initial reports indicate that at least three people were wounded 

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

Heavily armed police officers are seen above in the school parking lot on Wednesday

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

Students are seen above leaving the school on Wednesday after the ‘all clear’ was given

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

A large group of people as well as several police officers are seen outside the family reunification center on Wednesday

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

The image above shows students at the family reunification center where they met parents after the shooting

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

A convoy of school buses transported students to a family reunification center nearby 

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

The reunification point is at the Center for Performing Arts located at 1110 W. Debbie Lane in Mansfield

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

The image above shows an aerial view of the family reunification center in Mansfield, Texas on Wednesday

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

, Texas high school shooter, 18, is taken into custody and charged, Nzuchi Times National News

Police were seen at the family reunification center in Mansfield, Texas on Wednesday

‘We feel confident that the shooter will be located very, very soon,’ Republican Governor Greg Abbott told reporters during a visit to the Texas-Mexico border hours after the shooting. 

Transportation officials said drivers should expect delays on State Highway 360 near Debbie Lane. 

The southbound SH 360 exit ramp to Debbie Lane is closed at this time. 

Arlington Independent School District announced that the following schools were placed on lockout – Arlington Collegiate High; School at Tarrant County College; Ashworth Elementary; Barnett Elementary; Beckham Elementary; Bebensee Elementary; Bowie High School; Bryant Elementary; Hale Elementary; Ousley Junior High; and Pearcy STEM Academy.

Lockout means that the school’s exterior doors are locked from the inside. Administrators say all students are safe inside and that instruction is continuing as planned. 

‘Arlington ISD officials have offered their full support to the Mansfield ISD, including mutual aid from the Arlington ISD security teams, counselors, crisis communications or any other requests Mansfield ISD makes,’ the Arlington ISD said in a press release. 

The shooting happened just days after a shooting at a Houston charter school that injured an administrator. Texas’ deadliest school shooting occurred in May of 2018 when a then-17-year-old armed with a shotgun and a pistol opened fire at Santa Fe High School near Houston, killing 10 people, most of whom were students.