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Police: Texas school shooting was not a random attack

ARLINGTON, Texas — Police in Arlington, Texas, say a shooting at Timberview High School Wednesday was not a random act of violence.

Arlington Assistant Police Chief Kevin Kolbye said the alleged shooter, 18-year-old Timothy George Simpkins opened fire during a fight that broke out in a classroom.

Four people were injured, including one person who was listed in critical condition.

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

Simpkins is currently charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault with a gun.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement Wednesday afternoon.

“As law enforcement continues their investigation, our hearts go out to the victims of this senseless act of violence,” the statement reads. “Thank you to the law enforcement officers and first responders who arrived on the scene to help the victims and prevent further violence.

“I have spoken with the Mayor of Arlington and offered any assistance the state can provide, and I have directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to make state resources available to help bring the criminal to justice. I ask all Texans to join Cecilia and me in praying for the victims, their families, and the entire Timberview High School community.”

A lockdown at the school, which serves approximately 1,900 students, has been lifted.