Two students shot outside Graham-Kapowsin High School, sheriff's office says

  • Two students shot outside Graham-Kapowsin High School, sheriff's office says

Two students shot outside Graham-Kapowsin High School, sheriff's office says

One suspect is in custody, but Pierce County Sheriff's Deputies are looking for two more suspects involved in Tuesday's shooting near Graham-Kapowsin High School which left two students injured.

Doug Boyles, a spokesperson from the Bethel School District, confirmed that two victims are Graham-Kapowsin High School students, but didn't have more information.

Both wounded students were transported to Tacoma General Hospital, police said.

The sheriff's office said the suspects were described as multiple black males, and that they fled in a green vehicle, possibly a Chevy Impala.

John Gutierrez, 41, who was driving to pick up his son from the school, said he noticed the sheriff's deputies on his way to the school and added he was asked to leave the parking lot when he arrived. Two students who were shot were expected to survive after undergoing surgery.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who recognizes the remaining suspects to call the Sheriff's Office at 253-798-7530 or Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County at 1-800-222-TIPS. Authorities believe the shooting took place off campus and students ran back to the high school after being shot at.

The News Tribune reported that detectives said the shooting may be "gang related", though it's not clear what prompted the fight.

Four schools in the district went under lockdown, but Graham Elementary students were recently released to their buses, per the district. We have been assured that students still on campus are safe. Three schools remain in lockdown.

"It is scary, but I know my son is OK". "I'm just praying for the parents of the other kids".

The school district announced the lifting of the lockdown at Graham-Kapowsin, as well as the two-hour delay of the start of school there Wednesday.

The high school was put in a lockdown that lasted for almost four hours before it was lifted at 6:15 p.m. and school buses began taking students home.