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Texas high school shooting: Boy, 15, ‘fighting for his life’ after being shot 4 times, family says

The victim of the shooting at a Texas high school remains in an induced coma in the ICU as he fights for his life. 

Timothy Simpkins, 18, allegedly shot Zacchaeus Selby, 15, four times with a .45-caliber handgun during a fight that broke out at Timberview High School in Arlington on Wednesday. Calvin Pettit, a teacher who tried to break up the fight, was also wounded in the shooting, and another student was grazed by a bullet. 

Simpkins turned himself in following an hourslong manhunt. Arlington police released him from custody Thursday after he posted a $75,000 bond. He faces three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, WFAA reported. 

The suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Timothy George Simpkins. Authorities say the shooting happened as a result of a fight and a total of four people were hurt. 
(Arlington Police Department)

Selby’s family started a GoFundMe to raise money for medical expenses and legal fees as the 15-year-old recovers following two surgeries. Selby was shot in his arm, leg, chest and stomach. He remains on a ventilator and will likely need more surgeries, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. 

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The families of the suspect and the victim have each claimed that their child was the victim: The boys had feuded for some time, of which the school was allegedly aware. Simpkins’ family claimed that he brought the gun to school for self-defense as he was being bullied. 

Kim Cole, attorney for the Simpkins family, claimed that Selby had bullied and even robbed her client. 

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“This was not someone who was out to go and shoot up a school,” Cole told reporters. “There’s a distinction between a mass shooter or a mass shooting. These people who are out to harm multiple people, and that’s not what happened here.” 

However, Selby’s family stressed that their son was the victim.

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“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.” 

Authorities have not yet said what the fight was about. 

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The GoFundMe states, “This innocent 15-year-old did not bully Tim, 18-year-old senior – or deserve to be in the hospital fighting for his life.” 

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

Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and Louis Casiano contributed to this report. 

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