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

Posted December 07, 2017

A Pierce County Sheriff's Dept. deputy stands between two vehicles near Graham-Kapowsin High School, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Graham, Wash.

"Deputies are actively sweeping the school grounds, at this point no indications that shooters are on campus", The Pierce County Sheriff's Office tweeted.

Pierce County Sheriff's Department spokesman Ed Troyer said it was not believed the suspects were from the area.

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.

"We think there was some type of altercation between two groups and we'll be sorting that out over the next few days", Troyer said.

A woman who claimed to be the mother of one of the victims wrote on Facebook that her son was shot four times and insisted that her son was not a gang member, 'but an innocent bystander along with the other boy that was shot'.

While one student was found in the parking lot near the football field, the other was found in a locker room.

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Both wounded students were transported to Tacoma General Hospital, police said. Authorities say the shooting might have been gang related.

In the moments that followed the shooting, Graham-Kapowsin High School was placed on lockdown, along with nearby Frontier Middle School and Nelson Elementary. Officers are still investigating.

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. Shots were reportedly fired on the Eustis Hunt Rd. side of the campus.

Baker says he texted his mom when the school went on lockdown to let her know what was going on. But still, until I had actual eyes on him, it was scary.

The school district also tweeted that their thoughts and prayers are with everyone who were involved in the shooting and added they were proud of how their students and staff reacted to the incident. The victims ran to the high school after being shot.

Deputies were securing the campus, and said the students in lockdown were safe.

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