ARLINGTON, Texas – State leaders shared their thoughts after the shooting at Timberview High School in Arlington on Wednesday morning left four people injured.
The alleged shooter, Timothy George Simpkins, 18, visited with his lawyer on Wednesday afternoon.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement in the wake of the school shooting:
“As law enforcement continues to investigate, our hearts go out to the victims of this senseless act of violence. Thank you to law enforcement officers and first responders who arrived at the scene to assist the victims and prevent further violence. I have spoken with the Mayor of Arlington and offered all the help the state can provide, and have asked the Texas Department of Public Safety to put state resources into provision to help bring the criminal to justice. I ask all Texans to join Cecilia and I in praying for the victims, their families and the entire community at Timberview High School. “
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Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said his prayers are with students, staff and parents “as they seek to understand and heal from this painful event.”
He also thanked the first responders.
US Senator Ted Cruz referred to the shooting at a border security press conference.
Cruz stated that he and other lawmakers sent their prayers.
State Representative Chris Turner (D-Grand Prairie), whose district includes Timberview High School, issued a statement about the “shocking tragedy,” in which he asked for prayers for the four victims.
His statement also included:
“I would like to express my gratitude to law enforcement for their prompt response to this tragedy, including the Mansfield ISD Police Department, Arlington Police Department, Grand Prairie Police Department, Mansfield Police, as well as their state and federal partners Thank you also to the faculty and staff at Mansfield ISD, who work tirelessly to protect the safety of their students.
“As we pray for the recovery of the victims and the speedy reunification of the students and their parents, please continue to follow all guidelines provided by local law enforcement and Mansfield ISD.”