An accidental shooting Wednesday night at a San Antonio athletic complex that injured an 18-year-old Dallas ISD student led to the arrest of a Kimball boys basketball player.
The victim was an 18-year-old female Dallas ISD student, according to WOAI-TV in San Antonio, and police records state she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. The TV station reported she was shot in the ankle.
Kimball senior Kyron Henderson, 18, was arrested Wednesday night on two felony gun charges, according to court records. A preliminary police report states that the gun was in a bag and fired when the bag was moved. Henderson, who signed with West Texas A&M to play football earlier this year, averaged 13 points at last week’s regional basketball tournament to help Kimball advance to the state tournament for the 13th time.
If convicted, Henderson faces up to 20 years in prison on the aggravated assault charge and up to 10 years on the possession of a firearm on school premises charge. Henderson was being held Thursday in the Bexar County Jail, with bail set at $40,000. It is unclear if Henderson has an attorney.
Kimball will still compete in the Class 5A UIL boys basketball tournament, said Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, who will attend Kimball’s game against Beaumont United at 7 pm
Hinojosa said the player was immediately removed from the team, and the district’s swift response prevented any further immediate disciplinary action from the UIL.
“I have been in contact with the University Interscholastic League and talking about their leadership,” Hinojosa said. “They are appreciative that we moved quickly to deal with this matter internally, and they will allow Kimball to participate in the state semifinals. They agree with us that you shouldn’t punish the entire team for the actions of a few or an individual.”
The UIL released a statement Thursday confirming it was still gathering information.
“The UIL is aware of an incident which took place the evening of March 9th in San Antonio involving members of the Dallas Kimball basketball team,” the statement said. ”UIL is working closely with Dallas ISD officials who have taken action to ensure that students involved in the incident will not be participating in the state tournament. As our staff is still in the process of gathering information, we do not have additional details to share at this time. The safety of the students, coaches, event staff and attendees at our state championship events is of utmost importance to us and we can assure the public we will continue to take every measure appropriate to guarantee it.”
Hinojosa confirmed that the victim was a trainer on the team. He called the gun possession on a team bus unexplainable and inexcusable.
Hinojosa said the victim was with her parents Thursday and headed back to Dallas, and that the firing was a random discharge.
“As they were leaving to go to dinner, on the charter bus, the gun discharged,” Hinojosa said.
He added: “We will, to the full extent of our policies we will execute discipline. I can’t comment on the student. There are much bigger things he has to worry about, legal matters and criminal matters.”
He hinted that there could be more protocols added in the future to prevent future incidents.
“This is extremely disappointing and it’s personal because I was a coach and I was a teacher in Dallas,” he said.
Kimball, runner up in last year’s 5A championship, is scheduled to play Beaumont United in a rematch of last year’s title game. Hinojosa stressed that he has full confidence in security at The Alamodome.
This is a developing story and will be updated. Staff writers Aria Jones, Jamie Landers, Jen Emily and Shawn McFarland contributed to this report.