Two students wounded near school

Two Students Reportedly Wounded in Shooting Outside Pierce County High School

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department reported that two students were shot at Graham-Kapowsin High School in Graham.

Troyer also added the police suspected the shooting to be gang-related, which forced not only the high school but nearby Frontier Middle School, Graham Elementary and Nelson Elementary School also to go on lockdown.

One of the victims was found in the parking lot by the football field, Troyer said, and one was found in the school's locker room.

The shooting took place at around 2:30 p.m. local time (5:30 p.m. EST), according to a report in an ABC-affiliated television station, KOMO-TV.

The suspects fled the scene in a green Chevy Impala. Deputies were actively sweeping the school grounds, but said there was no indication the suspects were on campus.

Troyer said they believe the two victims were students of the high school, but the shooters were not.

Pierce County Sheriff's Deputies patted down students and searched backpacks and other belongings before releasing them from the school.


Investigators determined that the shooting occurred during a fight just off school grounds on Eustis-Hunt Road East. Officials say the two wounded male students ran back onto the Graham-Kapowsin campus after being shot.

As parents rushed to a reunification site set up at Frontier Middle School, deputies conducted multiple security sweeps of the schools, to make sure the suspects had left the area.

"It is scary, but I know my son is OK", he said.

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. "We are confident that with your help we will bring swift justice and peace of mind for the hundreds of students and parents affected by today's shooting".

Dave Reichert, United States Rep. R-Auburn, also tweeted, "My prayers are w/ the families of the victims; the students, teachers, & staff at the school; & the community affected".

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is offering a reward for information in the case through Crime Stoppers.

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