In Texas, an 18-year-old student of a high school who has been officially accused of shooting a firearm at multiple people at his school has been released from custody on bail.
“The student accused of injuring four people in a shooting at Timberview High School in Arlington on Wednesday was released on bail from the Tarrant County Jail on Thursday,” reported The Star Telegram on the incident, going on to add that the person was officially slammed “with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.”
The suspect had been moved from holding in Arlington jail to the Tarrant county facilities before being released back into the public after having the $75,000 bond posted on their behalf. Various videos released online showed the person in question is released.
The alleged school shooter, who was seen to be a black male, voluntarily turned himself in to law enforcement officials a few hours after the shooting incident at the school which resulted in multiple victims being sent to the hospital.
As reported by The New York Post:
Footage on social media allegedly showed [the suspect] getting into an altercation during class with another student that escalated to gunfire Wednesday. The fight was broken up and the two students calmed down, but then [the suspect] pulled out a firearm from his orange backpack and fired several shots that struck three people, according to an arrest warrant Thursday.
Calvin Pettitt, a 25-year-old English teacher who jumped in to break up the fight, was shot in the back, suffering broken ribs and a collapsed lung, according to police and his family. The other victims were identified as Zacchaeus Selby, Eyimofe Olawepo and Pariesa Altma, according to a bond document obtained by Dallas News.
The suspect’s legal representation issued the claim that this shooting was different due to the suspect being the victim of harsh bullying at school. This claim was made despite the claims from many other similar cases that say basically the same thing of the shooters.
“There are numerous school shootings that have occurred across this country which are tragic. All school shootings are tragic,” stated the lawyer. “However, in this situation, this was not someone who was just out to go and shoot a school and had made up their mind [and said,] ‘You know hey I’m upset and I’m just going to shoot anyone I see.’”
“That was not the situation here,” the attorney tried to plead. “So I request the media correct their narrative with regard to what happened, and that you all respect the family’s privacy.”
The family of the suspect stated that he was “depressed and some days did not even want to get out of bed” due to his situation at school.
“I am certain that he was fearful for his safety and felt that he had no support from those in authority whose responsibility it was to protect him,” released the family in a statement. “Please know that I am not suggesting that taking a gun to school was the right choice to make, I am just saying that there is so much more to the story and all of the details should be known so that my son can be properly defended.”