SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A perennial power in Texas high school basketball is stealing headlines at the 2022 UIL Boys Basketball State Championships before the team’s first state tournament game tips off Thursday after an accidental shooting that left one teenager injured.
The accidental shooting, which occurred Wednesday night at the Northside ISD Sports Complex, resulted in the arrest of a Dallas Kimball basketball player and injured an 18-year-old female student who was shot in the ankle, according to WOAI-TV in San Antonio.
The student, an athletic trainer for Kimball’s boys basketball team, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at University Hospital in San Antonio.
Kimball senior forward Kyron Henderson, also 18, was arrested Wednesday evening following the incident on a pair of felony gun charges according to Bexar County court documents.
Initial police reports seemed to indicate that the gun was in a bag on the team’s bus and discharged when the bag was moved on the bus after the team’s practice had ended.
Henderson could face up to 10 years in prison on a possession of a firearm on school premises charge and up to 20 years on an aggravated assault charge.
He had also signed a national letter of intent earlier this year to play college football at West Texas A&M.
Northside ISD confirmed that none of its students were involved in the accidental shooting.
Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa confirmed during a new conference Thursday morning that Kimball will still compete in the UIL's Class 5A state tournament and said he will attend the Knights' state semifinal game against Beaumont United at 7 p.m.
Hinojosa called the situation "unexplainable and inexcusable," and added that the district acted to immediately remove Henderson from the team, which prevented the UIL from levying any more immediate disciplinary actions.
“That gun should have never been anywhere in the possession of any student, especially on the bus,” he said. “This is extremely disappointing and it’s personal because I was a coach and I was a teacher in Dallas.”
The University Interscholastic League also addressed Wednesday's accidental shooting and Kimball's state tournament status in a written statement Thursday morning.
“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. 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," the UIL's statement read.
"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.”
Kimball (28-8) will face the Beaumont United Timberwolves (34-3) in the first of two Class 5A state semifinal matchups at 7 p.m. Thursday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio.
The Knights lost to the Timberwolves 71-70 when they last met in the 5A state title game during the 2021 UIL Boys Basketball State Championships.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.