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Texas high school on LOCKDOWN after reports of an active shooter

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Texas authorities have launched a manhunt for an armed teen who opened fire inside a high school in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex on Wednesday morning, injuring four people and prompting terrified students to stack chairs and desks against doors as a barricade.

Police are searching for Timothy George Simpkins, 18, the alleged gunman at Timberview High School in Arlington. He is believed to have fled in a 2018 Silver Dodge Charger with a license plate number PFY6260. 

Authorities warn the public that Simpkins is considered armed and dangerous. 

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.

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

The extent of their injuries is not known as of 12:30pm Eastern time. 

FBI and ATF agents from the Dallas field office 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.  

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

Police are searching for Timothy George Simpkins, 18, the alleged gunman at Timberview High School in Arlington. He is believed to have fled in a 2018 Silver Dodge Charger

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   

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

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

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

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

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

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 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.'

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.’

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

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

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

One woman posted a video clip on social media from her daughter purported to be 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 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. 

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

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

Initial reports indicate that at least three people were wounded

Initial reports indicate that at least three people were wounded 

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

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

Officers will be at that scene. Students will eventually be bused to that location after the school is completely secured.  

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. 

This is a developing story. Check back for more updates. 



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