The Texas teen who injured 4 folks when he allegedly opened hearth at his high school celebrated his launch from jail with a twisted welcome home party – whilst one of many victims stays in a coma.
Timothy George Simpkins, 18, who attends Timberview High School in Arlington, posted $75,000 bond at Tarrant County Jail on Thursday and headed to home confinement.
The pupil, who was charged with three counts of aggravated assault with a lethal weapon, was seen in movies shared in social media having fun with a celebratory household gathering in his kitchen, The Sun reported.
“Zacchaeus is a bright young and respectful individual who lit up a room every time with his presence,” in keeping with a GoFundMe account set as much as increase cash for his medical bills and authorized prices.
“He has a heart of gold and does not deserve to be fighting for his life in the ICU due to being shot in an environment were (sic) kids should feel safe. He is a great brother, boyfriend, and coworker and does not have a bone in his body to bully anyone,” the fundraiser provides.
A spokeswoman for Simpkins’ household has claimed that he acted out of self-defense after being robbed and focused by bullies for sporting good duds and driving a flowery automotive.
Footage on social media allegedly confirmed Simpkins entering into an altercation throughout class with one other pupil that escalated to gunfire Wednesday.
The struggle was damaged up and the 2 college students calmed down, however then Simpkins pulled out a firearm from his backpack and fired a number of pictures that struck Selby and two different folks, in keeping with an arrest warrant.
Calvin Pettitt, a 25-year-old English instructor who jumped in to interrupt up the struggle, was shot within the again, struggling damaged ribs and a collapsed lung, in keeping with police and his household.
A pregnant lady was injured in a fall throughout the taking pictures, however acquired medical care on the scene, police stated.
Selby’s grandmother, Kathy Selby, told WFAA that the 2 college students had been feuding for a very long time.
“They’re making Simpkins out to be the victim. My grandson is in the ICU — shot four times. My grandson is the victim,” she advised the outlet.
Civil rights lawyer Kim Cole, who spoke on behalf of Simpkins’ household, criticized reporters exterior the jail for portraying the incident 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 stated. “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,” she stated.