Gov. Abbott: Suspected Texas School Shooter Possessed Gun ‘Illegally’

This undated photo provided by the Arlington Police Department in Arlington, Texas shows Timothy George Simpkins. Police are searching for Simpkins, who is the suspected shooter at a Dallas-area high school, leaving four people injured before fleeing, authorities said Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. (Arlington Police Department via AP)
Arlington Police Department via AP

An 18-year-old is under arrest after allegedly opening fire Wednesday morning at Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas, with a gun that was allegedly possessed “illegally.”

Breitbart News reported the shooting, which left multiple people wounded, and noted that 18-year-old Timothy George Simpkins was being sought, Breitbart News reported.

CBS News noted that Simpkins was captured and taken into custody within hours after the shooting.

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) addressed the shooting Wednesday morning, while the pursuit of Simpkins was still under way. He noted that “under Texas law it is illegal for the shooter to possess or have purchased the gun that was used in…[the] crime.”

He noted that the shooter had the gun “illegally.”

The Associated Press

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott attends a security briefing at the Weslaco Department of Public Safety DPS Headquarters on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 in Weslaco, Texas. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via AP)

The referenced Arlington Assistant Police Chief Kevin Kolbye speaking at press conference, indicating that the shooting followed a fight in a classroom.

Kolbye said, “This is not a random act of violence…This is not somebody attacking our school.”

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a TPUSA Ambassador. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. Reach him at You can sign up to get Down Range at


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