Timothy George Simpkins was released from Tarrant County Jail on Thursday afternoon (Pictures: REX/NBC DFW)
An 18-year-old gunman who opened fire at an Arlington, Texas, high school has been released on bond a day after allegedly shooting a bully, a girl and a teacher.
Timothy George Simpkins walked out of Tarrant County Jail on Thursday afternoon after posting a $75,000 bond, the Daily Mail reported.
Simpkins did not say a word as he walked out in baseball hat worn in reverse, a blue T-shirt and jeans.
It was not immediately clear if his family paid the entire bond amount or only part of it.
Simpkins faced three charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting at Timberview High School on Wednesday morning. He allegedly fired shots after getting into a brawl with a 15-year-old boy who has not been identified.
Simpkins’ cousin posted a video on social media on Wednesday night to try to show that he was being bullied. The footage shows Simpkins with his hands over his head, being hit by the 15-year-old boy.
At the end of the fight, Simpkins is seen pulling a gun from his backpack and shooting.
Simpkins shot the boy ‘seven to eight times’, a student told police, and also shot a teacher, Calvin Pettitt, 25, in the back. A teenage girl suffered a bullet graze wound.
All three gunshot victims were hospitalized. The 15-year-old is in critical condition while Pettitt is expected to survive. The girl has been discharged from the hospital.
A fourth person, reportedly a pregnant teacher, was also injured after tripping during the active shooter situation.
It was not immediately known why Simpkins did not face more serious charges like attempted murder, and why a judge granted him bail.
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