A person opened fire on Wednesday at a high school in the city of Arlington, Texas, reaching multiple people, police and local press reported.
“We are at the scene of a shooting in the Timberview Middle School”The Arlington Police Department said in a tweet.
The images broadcast on television showed a strong police presence in the surroundings of the study center, which houses just under 2,000 students in this city located between Dallas and Fort Worth, in North Texas. The local NBC station said the shooting left “several” victims.
Meanwhile, the Fox4 television station said that three people were hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
However, the mayor Jim Ross He told that channel that “at least two people were injured.” He added that the police “are actively seeking to arrest the suspect.”
“Apparently several teachers were affected, and at least one student was seen on a stretcher,” he said. Ontario Hewitt, a student’s parent, interviewed by the local CBS channel at the scene.
We are looking for a shooting suspect in today’s incident at @mansfieldisd Timberview School. Please call 911 if you know the whereabouts of 18-year old Timothy George Simpkins who may be driving a 2018 Silver Dodge Charger with license plate PFY-6260. pic.twitter.com/npaNVBDXRp
— Arlington Police, TX (@ArlingtonPD) October 6, 2021
The students locked themselves inside the school. “My daughter is in a classroom” and “my son is a little scared,” he added.
The school was closed and the school and police authorities said that they set an area to gather the families of the students, who will be «evacuated by bus once the school is insured. ‘
After a year of online classes due to the pandemic, American schools reopened.
School shootings have been a real problem in American society since the massacre in Columbine, Colorado, in April 1999.
Since that attack, what left 13 deadMore than 248,000 students have been exposed to gun violence in schools, according to data compiled by The Washington Post.
The figure includes both those who remained caught in the fire as well as the witnesses and those who were evacuated from educational institutions when the shots broke out. In 2018 there were 25 school shootings and 23 in 2019.
The deadliest recent school shooting in took place in 2018, with a balance of 17 killed during an attack with firearms by an alumnus of a Parkland, Florida high school.