Students shot at U.S. high school

Posted December 07, 2017

Two 17-year-old suspects have been arrested and a third suspect is being sought in connection with the shooting outside Graham-Kapowsin High School that injured two 16-year-old students on Tuesday, authorities said.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office says two students were shot at Graham-Kapowsin High School in Graham Tuesday afternoon.

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.

The agency announced the incident on Twitter shortly before 3 p.m., saying one student was found in a parking lot by the football field and another was found in a locker room.

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. But before the fight started, someone in the getaway auto fired multiple rounds, hitting the two students. The two students who were shot ran back onto the high school grounds before being located by deputies.

Two people hug as they wait to be reunited with students on lockdown near Graham Kapowsin High School Frontier Middle School and Nelson Elementary School on Tuesday
Sheriff: 2 students shot at Pierce County high school

The shooting occurred just after 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday outside of the school.

It's unclear what the students' conditions are, but they've been taken to Tacoma General Hospital. The shooting may be gang-related, and the suspects aren't believed to be students at the high school.

The shooters are described as multiple males who left in a green vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Impala.

A spokesperson for Bethel school district said schools in the area were on lockdown. Shots were reportedly fired on the Eustis Hunt Rd. side of the campus.

Four schools in the district went under lockdown, but Graham Elementary students were recently released to their buses, per the district. "This is a scary situation, and we are proud of how our staff, students, and families have been and are still reacting to it", Bethel Schools tweeted.