Texas school shooter released on $75,000 bail day after shooting classmate

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Timothy George Simpkins, 18, the shooter who shot a classmate and wounded three others on Wednesday walked out of jail today on a $75,000 bond. The court set Simpkins free under house arrest with a GPS monitor and an order to not possess any firearms or make contact with his four victims.

After the shooting, Simpkins surrendered to the police without incident. Simpkins pulled his gun after a fight erupted between students in a classroom, police said.

His attorney Kim Cole claims Simpkins was the victim of bullying that went unchecked by school officials.

“He is receiving threats and so there’s concerns for his family’s safety as well as his safety, so we request that you all respect their privacy at this time,” she said.

“There are numerous shootings that have happened across this country, and they’re all tragic,” his lawyer added according to the local Fox News affiliate. “However, in this situation, this was not someone who was just out to go and shoot up the school and had made up their mind: hey, I’m upset and I’m just going to shoot up anyone I see.”


His 15-year-old victim remains in critical condition in the hospital. Police said a video shows Simpkins and his victim fighting before he reached into an orange bag and pulled the gun and fired 7 to 8 shots in his direction.