Two suspects in custody after shooting near Graham-Kapowsin High School


According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, two students were shot in an incident that took place Tuesday afternoon outside Graham-Kapowsin High School, Bethel School District.

Four schools were on lockdown as deputies investigated the shooting: Graham-Kapowsin High, Frontier Middle School, Nelson Elementary School and Graham Elementary School, according to Bethel School District spokesman Douglas Boyles. One student was found in a parking lot near the football field, while another student was found shot in a locker room, the sheriff's office tweeted Tuesday.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday a third suspect in the shooting, described only as a 17-year-old male, has been apprehended, but his two alleged accomplices remained at large. But before the fight started, someone in the getaway vehicle fired multiple rounds, hitting the two students.

"We got out to the school and found that there were two students who had been shot", said Troyer.

Troyer also clarified that it appears the shooting happened across the street from the school, about 30 to 40 yards away and over a fence. At least one suspect is in custody. They were taken to Tacoma General Hospital.

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The two victims, both males, ran back to the campus after being shot, Troyer said.

Deputies who responded to the scene checked the school's grounds and found no signs any suspects were there.

Investigators determined that the shooting occurred during a fight just off school grounds on Eustis-Hunt Road East. Students at Graham Elementary were released to their bus with staff supervision, and all after-school activities at the Graham-Kapowsin High School and Frontier were cancelled. "All remaining students on campus are secured with deputies, considered safe as security sweep is ongoing".

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