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Texas School Shooter Shot Someone Four Times, Then Got Out on $75k Bond

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On Wednesday, Timothy Simpkins, 18, shot Zacchaeus Selby, 15, four times with a .45-caliber handgun at Timberview High School in Arlington, TX. Though Selby still fights for his life in an induced coma, Arlington police have released Simpkins from custody Thursday after he posted a $75,000 bond.

Simpkins shot Selby in his arm, leg, chest, and stomach. He also wounded a school teacher, who tried to break up their fight, and a bullet grazed another student. Following a short manhunt, Simpkins turned himself in.

So Simpkins got out on bond for shooting someone four times, running from police, and injuring two other people, huh? Meanwhile, it’s unclear whether Selby will make it out of the ICU alive.

Simpkins’ family, however, has said that their son is the victim, alleging that Selby bullied him. The school has not addressed that claim, though it has acknowledged that Simpkins and Selby had been feuding for some time.

Selby’s grandmother, Kathy, says Simpkins’ family is attempting to excuse his behavior.

“They’re making Simpkins out to be the victim. My grandson is in the ICU – shot four times,” Kathy Selby, Zaccheaus Selby’s grandmother, told KXAS-TV. “My grandson is the victim.”

Selby’s family started a GoFundMe to raise money for medical expenses and legal fees, with the following explanation:

“Zacchaeus is a bright young and respectful individual who lit up a room every time with his presence.”

Matt Walsh points out how this school shooting differs slightly from most shootings:

Hard to argue.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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  1. We shall see what happens if the kid in the hospital dies. I hope he lives, but if not I am anxious to see what prosecutors will do then. See it is so normal for black on black crime to occur the media doesn’t cover it with the same vigor as the random school shooting by someone of another skin pigment (mainly white kids). The media just ignores it. Meh it will probably end up in some rappers lyrics. Dey be so hard, can’t fight just shoot. The other school shooters were all probably bullied too, so does that excuse the action? No. It is not racist to hold people accountable for their actions. The 18 year old is an adult and knew exactly what he was doing. There is no excuse for him to shoot up the school, bullied or not. We have laws for a reason. I hope he serves the maximum sentence available under the law.

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