The family of a 15-year-old shooting victim at a high school in Texas was “shocked” over the video of a fight that police say led to the incident.
Timothy Simpkins, 18, allegedly shot Zacchaeus Selby, 15, four times with a .45-caliber pistol during a fight that broke out at Timberview High School in Arlington on Wednesday.
Simpkins surrendered after an hour-long chase, and Arlington police released him Thursday after issuing a $ 75,000 bond.
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Simpkins’ family has claimed he acted in self-defense, saying Selby had bullied him, but Selby’s family has insisted he is the victim.
Footage of the fight – currently in the possession of police as evidence – has “shocked” the Selby family.
“We’ve seen the video ourselves,” Kathy Selby, the victim’s grandmother, told FOX 4 News. “We were shocked to see the video because we’ve never seen him that way before. I’ve never seen him fight with even his sister or his big brother. He’s a gentle, soft child,” he said.
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Kathy Selby said her granddaughter’s condition has improved since he was hospitalized and the family is optimistic about his recovery – as long as it can be.
On Friday, after the football game between Timberview and the university colleges, the teams knelt and prayed for his recovery.
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“Everyone is so sweet and sweet and caring,” said Zacchaeus Selby’s mother. “We’ve got so much love and support. They said the visiting room is just full of people trying to come in and see him.”
“One of the other victims – the teacher – their family came and prayed with us,” she added. “We’ve got the police to come and talk to us and give us hugs, and the staff is nice. We’ve got the staff to pray with us. I mean, the love and the support is … it’s so much.”
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Simpkins faces three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, the WFAA reported. Shots allegedly fired by Simpkins hit Selby in the arm, leg, chest and abdomen – hitting a teacher who was trying to break up the fight. A bullet grazed another student.