One arrested, two sought after shooting near Graham-Kapowsin High School


Two students were shot outside a Washington state high school on Tuesday and Pierce County sheriff's deputies said they're looking for suspects.

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. It's unclear whether the shooter or shooters were students at the school.

Deputies found two gunshot victims - one in the school parking lot near a football field, the other inside a locker room.

"Deputies are actively sweeping the school grounds, at this point no indications that shooters are on campus", The Pierce County Sheriff's Office tweeted. Authorities said two students were shot near the school Tuesday afternoon.

"Pretty scary. You never think it's going to happen at the school your children go to, and then you get a text from your child that says there's a shooting at the school, we're locked down", said parent Jolee Caroucher.

It's unclear what the students' conditions are, but they've been taken to Tacoma General Hospital.

Four schools in the district went under lockdown, but Graham Elementary students were recently released to their buses, per the district.

Suspects in the shooting were "described as multiple black males" who left the scene in a green vehicle, possible a Chevy Impala, according to the force.

Pierce County Sheriff posted on their Facebook page that 911 callers reported a fight near the school grounds on Eustis Hunt Road East right before shots were heard.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and students involved with this shooting today".

Troyer said officials believe the shooting took place off school property and the wounded students ran back onto the campus.

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.