Arlington school shooter with family at home after being released on $75,000 bond

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Arlington school shooter with family at home after being released on $75,000 bond while his victims are still in the hospital: Gunman, 18, walks free a day after a 15-year-old 'bully' was shot seven times and the teacher broke up the fight.

Timothy George Simpkins, 18, was released on bail Thursday after a bond member posted a $75,000 bond.

He took a gun out of his bag on Wednesday at Timberview High School just after 9 a.m.

A video clip taken minutes earlier shows him being beaten by another boy in his classroom.

His family says he was "bullied" because he had nice things and was constantly assaulted.

Witnesses told police that Simpkins shot the "bully" seven or eight times before hitting a teacher and running away.

He escaped from the campus and then turned himself into the cops on Wednesday afternoon with his lawyer.

The police won't say where the gun came from, who it was registered to or how he could get it into the school.

Another teenager was injured while grazing and 25-year-old teacher Calvin Pettit was shot in the back.

The teenage gunman who opened fire at an Arlington, Texas, school Wednesday celebrated at home after being released on $75,000 bail while his victims, a 15-year-old boy, and a 25-year-old teacher, remained in the hospital, one of them clinging to life.

Timothy George Simpkins was held on $75,000 bail on three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but the 18-year-old was released from the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday afternoon. One of the officers fulfilled bail conditions on Thursday, paid at least some of the total amount, and remained free.

On Wednesday, he pulled a gun from his bag and shot a 15-year-old boy 'seven or eight times, shooting teacher Calvin Pettit in the back and nursing a teenage girl before escaping from Timberview High School. He was enraged by the quarrel that had just occurred as the 15-year-old boy had repeatedly punched him.

Simpkins said nothing as he walked out of prison Thursday in a blue T-shirt, a pulled-back baseball cap, and jeans. It is unclear why he was charged with aggravated assault and not attempted murder, more severe charges were brought, or why the judge granted him bail.

Hours later, a relative bragged on social media that he was already at home and shared videos from a family gathering inside the house. He was shown holding a child, standing in his kitchen, and talking to his relatives.

Meanwhile, teacher Calvin Pettit — shot after trying to break up the fight — remained in the hospital with a bullet in the shoulder that narrowly missed the aorta.

The 15-year-old boy, whose name has not been released, is also in critical condition hospital.

"How can this continue to deteriorate?" tweeted Pettit's horrified sister upon learning of the shooter's release.

 Tarrant County attorney has not filed a case against the teen, and his subsequent trial date has not yet been set.

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