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Arlington Shooter Family Claims 'SELF DEFENSE' - Was Terrorized By 'Blood' Gang!
The teenage gunman who opened fire in an Arlington, Texas, school on Wednesday celebrated at home after being released on a $75,000 bond while his victims, a 15-year-old boy and a 25-year-old teacher, remained in the hospital, one of them clinging to life.
Timothy George Simpkins was being held on a $75,000 bond on three charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon but the 18-year-old walked out of Tarrant County Jail on Thursday afternoon. A bondsman met the bail terms on Thursday, posting at least some of the full amount, and he walked free.
On Wednesday, he pulled a gun from his backpack and shot a 15-year-old boy 'seven or eight times', shot teacher Calvin Pettitt in the back and grazed a teenage girl before going on the run from Timberview High School. He was angry about a fight that had just happened where the 15-year-old boy repeatedly punched him.
Simpkins said nothing as he strode out of the jail on Thursday in a blue t-shirt, matching baseball cap worn backwards, and jeans. It's unclear why he has been charged with aggravated assault and not attempted murder or more serious charges, or why the judge granted him bail.
Hours later, one of his relatives boasted on social media that he was already home and shared videos from a family gathering inside a home. He was shown holding a baby, standing in his kitchen, chatting to relatives.
Meanwhile, teacher Calvin Pettitt - who was shot because he tried to break up the fight - remained in the hospital, with a bullet in his shoulder that narrowly missed his aorta.
The 15-year-old boy, who has not been named, is also still in the hospital in a critical condition.
Pettitt's horrified sister, upon learning the shooter had been released, tweeted: 'How can this keep managing to get worse?'
The Tarrant County District's Attorney still has not filed a case against the teen, and his next court date has not yet been scheduled.
Arlington school shooter Timothy Simpkins celebrates with his family on Thursday after being released from jail on a $75,000 bond while his victims remained in the hospital, one of them clinging to life
Simpkins has hired his own attorney. It's unclear when he is next due in court. He has been charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon
English teacher Calvin Pettitt, left, was shot in the back and remains in the hospital after trying to break up the fight. On Thursday, his sister tweeted her disgust after Simpkins was released on bond
Simpkins - who is 5ft 9in and weighs 135lbs - opened fire in his classroom at Timberview High School on Wednesday morning, shortly after 9am, after a fight with a 15-year-old boy who has not been named.
A video of their fight was posted on social media by Simpkins' cousin on Wednesday night in an effort to prove that he was being bullied.
It shows Simpkins - who was identified by police as wearing a light colored hoodie in the footage - being pummeled by the other boy, who is three years his junior, while holding his hands around his head.
Once the fight was over, he went to his orange backpack, pulled out of his gun and started shooting.
Both he and the 15-year-old boy remain in the hospital. Pettitt is expected to survive and is in a good condition but the 15-year-old boy is in critical condition.
A third victim - a teenage girl - suffered a graze wound but is no longer in the hospital. A fourth person, believed to be a pregnant teacher, was injured when she tripped over in the chaos.
Simpkins was arraigned on Thursday morning via video link. He told the judge he understood the charges and that he would retain his own attorney.
Now, he is in the Tarrant County Correctional Center awaiting his next court date.
'Multiple teachers and coaches were working to break up the altercation between Simpkins and the juvenile victim.
'Once the fight was broken up, the juvenile witness observed Simpkins go to an orange backpack and retrieve a black firearm.
This video, taken moments before the shooting, shows Timothy Simpkins, the shooter, being beaten up in his classroom by a 15-year-old student. After teachers broke up the fight, Timothy went to his backpack and retrieved his gun. He shot the other boy 'seven to eight times', according to the police report. He also shot a teacher in the back and grazed a teenager girl with another bullet before going on the run
Timothy Simpkins, 18, is shown in his Dodge Charger in a recent social media post. In the side of the car, what looks like a gun is visible. The teenager opened fire in school on Wednesday, shooting at least two people. No one died but some are in a critical condition. His family say he was being bullied in school and he lashed out in self-defense. The school is yet to confirm if they received any reports of the bullying
Timothy George Simpkins, 18, has been charged with three counts of aggravated assault for firing a .45 caliber gun during a fistfight at school on Wednesday morning, before fleeing in his Dodge Charger. He is pictured in his booking photo taken on Wednesday (left) and in photos with his car (right)
Simpkins' arrest affidavit reveals how he pulled the gun from his backack after teachers, including Pettitt, broke up the fight
'The witness observed Simpkins point the firearm at the juvenile victim and sees Simpkins shoot, from her account, seven to eight times.
'The witness then observed the juvenile victim fall to the ground,' the police report, which DailyMail.com obtained a copy of on Thursday, read.
It also reveals that Pettitt was one of the teachers who tried to break up the fight.
Simpkins' family spoke out to defend him on Wednesday night, claiming he is a 'loveable' boy who snapped after being 'bullied'.
They say the other kids picked on him because he has a 'nice car' - a $35,000 Dodge Challenger - and wears nice clothes, like a pair of $160 Off-White x Nike sneakers he is pictured in on social media.
Other social media posts show him sitting in the car, with what looks like a black gun in the side door.
Police confirmed in his arrest warrant that the gun used in the shooting was black, but they have not given any further details.
Simpkins' family. He lives with his grandmother Lillie (center) in a $400,000 home. Carol Harrison Lafayette (second from right, speaking) is a relative and family spokesperson. She told reporters outside the family home that Simpkins was being relentlessly bullied and that while they were 'sorry' for the people he hurt, they are grateful he didn't kill himself after being picked on by bullies
Simpkins lives with his grandmother in a $400,000 house in this street. His family claimed he was targeted because he has nice things
The teenager is shown, left, on his car and right, in a photo released by police on Wednesday after he went on the run. His family have not explained where the 'expensive' things they say he was bullied over came from. It's unclear who bought him his car or if he has a job
It's also unclear who it belongs to, when it was purchased and why he was able to get it into the school.
The school does not use metal detectors, like other high schools.
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.
'He was robbed. It was recorded. It happened not just once, it happened twice. He was scared, he was afraid.
'It could have been a decision that he could have committed suicide... he was trying to protect himself. They were blessed financially.
'He was able to get things that other teenagers cannot have, because he wore nice clothes, because he drove nice cars, he was like a target,' Carol Harrison Lafayette, another relative, told reporters outside the family's home on Wednesday night.
'There is no justification of anybody … being hurt. We have to take a look at the fact that bullying is real. And it takes us all.
A law enforcement officer walks in the parking lot of Timberview Hight School after a shooting inside the school
Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas (above) was placed on lockdown on Wednesday morning following reports of an active shooter
'And I do apologize. We ask as a family for forgiveness of any type of hurt,' she went on.
Cint Wheat, his cousin, wrote in a Facebook post: 'At the end of the day my lil cousin was bullied. 'I don't know to feel about this he not no bad kid.'
She later claimed in the comments section of her post that her aunt went to the school to report the bullying but that nothing was done.
'Right now they about to come up with what shoulda coulda been done when all the signs was ignored and the cries for help,' she said.
Timberview High School did not immediately respond to inquiries on Thursday morning about whether or not the bullying was ever reported.
English teacher Petitt's sister, Grace Rinearson, said the bullet narrowly missed his aorta and described the shooting as 'one of the scariest mornings of my life.'
She added in a tweet: 'Feeling extremely blessed and thankful. Please hold you loved ones close, this is a crazy world we're living in.'
Another victim, an adult male, is not in surgery but is in a 'good position.'
A third victim, a teenage girl, was expected to be released from the hospital on Wednesday evening.
'So two will remain in the hospital, which continue to make hopefully a speedy recovery,' police said.
Police arrested and charged 18 year old high school student Timothy George Simpkins, and charged him with the mass shooting at Timberview High School in a Dallas suburb.
But does Timothy have a legal EXCUSE for the shooting? Maybe, according to legal experts that MTO News spoke with.
Timothy lived in a $400,000 home with his grandmother Lillie. He drives a 2018 Silver Dodge Charger, and his family described him as a 'loveable' and smart kid.
And family members of Timothy have gone on social media, and claimed that their son was acting in "self defense" when he fired those shots inside the school.
A woman who identified herself as Simpkins’ mother went on Facebook and told her followers that Timothy was "bullied."
Cint Wheat, Timothy's cousin, confirmed that narrative - as she wrote in a Facebook post, “At the end of the day my lil cousin was bullied. I don’t know to feel about this he not no bad kid.”
Later in the evening, Carol Harrison Lafayette, who claims to also be a family member, said that Timothy was robbed by a group of Bloods gang members at the school - and that was before the attack happened.
“He was robbed,” she said. “It was recorded. It happened not just once, it happened twice. He was scared, he was afraid.”
A video also surfaced, MTO News has learned, which purportedly shows Timothy being beaten, just minutes before the shooting occurred. The teen attacking Timothy continuously uses the phrase "Blood" which is popular with members of the Bloods gang.
So what does all this mean - will Timothy be able to walk free?
He faces serious gun charges - for bringing a gun to school. He may face both state and federal charges for this crime, MTO News has learned. He faces 5 years federal time and 1 year State time for the offense.
But he may be able to get away with the more serious charges - the mass shooting - under Texas' arcane self defense laws. Under Texas law a person is justified in using deadly force against an attacker if he reasonably believes that it is necessary to protect himself from an aggravated robbery. And the self defender is not criminally responsible if any innocent bystanders are injured or killed.
The News Agency spoke with a close family member of Timothy's - who explained what he says happened. "It was self defense," the family member explained to us. "The Bloods tried to rob and kill him and he fired his gun."