Texas School Shooter Released on $75k Bond | 22 Words

Timothy George Simpkins, the gunman who opened fire in a Texas high school, injuring 4 people, has been released on a $75,000 bond.

Simpkins walked free from Tarrant County Jail yesterday after he was held for 3 charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Simpkin will now report to home confinement after his bail terms were met, WFAA reports.

Simpkins opened fire at Timberview High School on Wednesday after allegedly getting into an altercation with a fellow student during class.

Once the fight was broken up, the teenager reportedly pulled a gun from his backpack and fired several shots.

As per the Daily Mail, Simpkins is said to have shot "7 or 8 times" at a fifteen-year-old boy, before shooting a teacher, Calvin Pettitt, in the back after he tried to break up the fight.

Both Petitt and the fifteen-year-old boy remain in hospital and the teenager is said to be in a critical condition.

Also injured was a teenage girl who has since been released from hospital and a fourth person, who is believed to be a pregnant teacher who tripped during the shooting and was treated at the scene.

Simpkins said nothing as he walked away from jail yesterday, though his civil rights attorney Kim T. Cole did.

Speaking on behalf of his family, Cole asked journalists who were waiting outside of the jail to "correct their narrative" after portraying the shooting as a "standard-issue school shooting."

"There are numerous school shootings that have occurred across this country which are tragic. All school shootings are tragic," Cole said.

"However, in this situation, this was not someone who was just out to go and shoot a school and had made up their mind [and said,] 'You know hey I'm upset and I'm just going to shoot anyone I see.' That was not the situation here. So I request the media correct their narrative with regard to what happened, and that you all respect the family's privacy."

As per the NYP, a spokesperson for the family also claimed that Simpkins acted in self-defense.

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As part of the conditions of Simpkins' release, he will be required to submit a drug and alcohol test and wear a GPS monitoring device.