The Dallas Morning News

A timeline of gun violence at D-FW schools

- By MICHAEL WILLIAMS Staff Writer Twitter: @michaeldam­ianw

One student was killed and another student was injured in a shooting Monday morning at Lamar High School in Arlington, the latest in a string of gun violence at or near Dallas-fort Worth area schools over the last two decades.

Here’s a timeline of post-columbine instances of shots fired at schools in Dallas-fort Worth, or, in one incident, across the street from a school immediatel­y after classes let out.

March 20, 2023: Student killed, another injured in shooting at Lamar High School; suspect in custody

One student was killed and another student was injured in a shooting at Lamar High School in Arlington. Police arrested a suspect, but did not immediatel­y provide a motive on Monday.

Jan. 20, 2023: 2 shot, 1 fatally in after-school shooting across from Fort Worth’s Paschal High

Two students were shot, one fatally, after a fight at a Whataburge­r across the street from Paschal High School right after the school let out.

The motive was an Instagram argument, according to Fort Worth police. Three teens were arrested on charges of murder and aggravated assault.

Oct. 13, 2022: Student brings, accidental­ly shoots gun at elementary school in Dallas

A student brought and accidental­ly fired a gun while showing it off in the cafeteria at John C. Carpenter Elementary School. The shooting took place before classes began and no injuries were reported.

Oct. 6, 2021: Three shot after fight at Timberview High School in Arlington

An 18-year-old Timberview High School student opened fire after a fight at the school.

Timothy George Simpkins is accused of shooting and wounding three people. A fourth person also sustained minor injuries. Simpkins’ attorneys said the teen had been bullied and was defending himself.

Simpkins was indicted on three attempted murder charges, three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of unlawful carrying of a weapon in a prohibited place last year.

Jan. 22, 2018: Student shoots, injures ex-girlfriend at Italy High School

A 16-year-old student with a history of violent behavior shot and seriously wounded a 15-year-old female student.

Chad Padilla shot the girl six times. In June 2019, Padilla pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempted capital murder and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Padilla died in prison in a suspected suicide last year.

Sept. 8, 2006: School resource officer shoots student at South Hills High School in Fort Worth

A school resource officer shot and wounded a 15-year-old boy during a fight. The officer was questionin­g students while investigat­ing rumors that gang members had arrived to the school to cause trouble.

One of the students became upset and attacked the officer and a school monitor. The student was shot in the left side of the chest and taken to a hospital in stable condition.

Jan. 27, 2006: Teen accidental­ly shoots gun at Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland, injuring 2 girls

A Lakeview Centennial High School student accidental­ly fired a gun in the school’s hallway. The bullet hit the floor, injuring two girls when fragments struck their legs.

May 15, 2001: Teen takes classroom hostage before killing himself at Ennis High School

A 16-year-old Ennis High School sophomore took an English class hostage before shooting and killing himself in front of a teacher and his ex-girlfriend.

The hostage-taker, Jay Douglas Goodwin, was upset over his relationsh­ip with a girl. After refusing to take a test, Jay walked out of his classroom and into the English class taught by Andrea Webb. He took the class hostage, pulling a loaded revolver from his backpack and ordering the students against a wall.

Webb negotiated for the release of 17 students, convincing Jay to release everyone but her and the girl with whom he was infatuated. Webb refused to leave after Jay ordered her to do so. The teen fired a shot at a television before turning the gun on himself. Nobody else was physically injured.

Feb. 6, 2001: Teen threatens girl at Dallas middle school with gun; bullet grazes hand

A 14-year-old boy held a gun to an eighth grade girl’s chest at Pearl C. Anderson Middle School and asked her if she “was ready to die.”

The gun went off after the girl tried pushing it away from her chest. She was grazed in the hand by a bullet but not seriously injured.

The boy was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and carrying a weapon on a school campus. He had been suspended the week before the shooting.

Jan. 29, 2001: Teen shoots, kills himself at high school in Arlington

A 13-year-old boy fatally shot himself inside a bathroom at Boles Junior High School in Arlington.

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