Student injured in shooting at Dallas-area high school – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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What to know

  • Dallas ISD officials confirm that a student was injured in a shooting inside a classroom at Wilmer-Hutchins Middle School.
  • A student is in custody and a gun was recovered, Dallas ISD police said.
  • Identifying information about the student and the victim, including age or grade, has not been confirmed. A motive has not been revealed.

A student is in custody after shooting another student in the leg inside a Wilmer-Hutchins Middle School classroom Friday morning, says Dallas ISD Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Elizalde.

According to district police, the shooting took place at the school at 5520 Langdon Road shortly after 10:30 a.m. Emergency medical services arrived at the school before 11 a.m. and transported the student to an area hospital.

Today is a very, very, very difficult day and I am here with more than just a heavy heart.

Dr. Stephanie Elizalde, Dallas ISD Superintendent

Elizalde confirmed that the student was shot in a classroom and suffered an injury that is not believed to be life-threatening. She said the teacher acted quickly to prevent further injuries by directing the armed student out of the classroom and away from the school.

No other injuries were reported.

“Fortunately our student is under the care of professionals and it is not a life-threatening injury,” Elizalde said. “That should never be a normal statement that should come from a superintendent… I refuse to say that we will normalize these behaviors. I refuse… this can never be acceptable.”

The identities and ages of both the suspect and the victim have not been confirmed. Authorities also have not said what may have led to the shooting, but said they were investigating the motive.

Dallas ISD police confirmed that a handgun had been recovered.

Elizalde confirmed that the school has metal detectors, but said there are vulnerabilities, including the number of entrances to the school, and that part of his investigation into the shooting is to determine how the student brought the gun into the building.

“This is absolutely unacceptable and unimaginable, but it is happening in every school in America,” Elizalde said. “I know you all have a lot of questions, I have those questions. I have those same questions that you all want to ask us that we are still working on.”

A student was hospitalized after being shot at Wilmer-Hutchins High School in south Dallas on Friday, April 12, 2024. One person is in custody, Dallas ISD police say.


Dallas ISD police said Friday morning they were called to Wilmer-Hutchins High School around 10:30 a.m. for a reported shooting.

Dallas ISD police said in a statement on Facebook around 11:15 a.m. Friday that all students and team members were safe and that parents should refrain from coming to campus.

The district’s police department confirmed a short time later that a suspect was in custody and that there was no active threat on campus.

Dallas ISD said shortly before 1 p.m. that students will meet their parents in the Wilmer-Hutchins High School gym. Parents must bring proper identification if they want their child to be released.

“We understand this is a difficult time and we ask for your patience. Counselors are on site and available to anyone who may need support. Thank you for your understanding,” the district said in X.


Patrick Benjamin said his son attends Wilmer-Hutchins High School and said he received an automated message saying everything was under control and parents should not come to campus. He said he ignored that message and came to campus anyway because things were not under control.

“I didn’t think it was under control because she called me and told me there was a gun at school. It can’t be under control if there’s a gun at school,” Benjamin said.

Other parents who spoke to NBC 5 said they were not notified that the school was closed and that it was their children who told them about the shooting.

“We’re here worried. We’re worried. We want to check on our kids, we want more information and they’re not really giving us anything. They just put us out here… waiting, worried, worried about our babies out here,” Shareese Johnson said. “The school hasn’t notified us that it’s closed, which is the main problem with Wilmer, they never do that. When they had this problem last year, they never notified the parents. Our kids contacted us and said, like, ‘ Hey, we’re scared. There’s a shooting.’ It’s stressful for a parent to get that call from their kid, like, ‘Oh my God, there’s a shooting,’ but you don’t know what’s going on because the school hasn’t notified you, I don’t know. says nothing. It’s just coming from your son. So we’re nervous, worried and worried hoping everyone is okay.”

Others said the messages arrived later than they would have liked. Jasmine told NBC 5 that she heard from her son first from her shortly after the incident occurred, and that she did not receive a robocall from the district until 11:17 a.m. She said the school has metal detectors and questioned whether they were there or not. her working if someone could enter the building with a gun.


In October 2021, a student at Mansfield Timberview High School in Arlington shot three people inside a classroom after a fight.

Timothy George Simpkins testified during the sentencing phase of the trial and repeatedly told the courtroom that he carried the gun to defend himself and that he was afraid of being attacked.

In July 2023, a Tarrant County jury found Simpkins guilty of attempted capital murder and was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the shooting.

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