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Students shot near Graham-Kapowsin High School

Students shot near Graham-Kapowsin High School

One suspect is in custody, but Pierce County Sheriff's Deputies are looking for two more suspects involved in Tuesday's shooting near Graham-Kapowsin High School which left two students injured.

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. Officials say the two wounded male students ran back onto the Graham-Kapowsin campus after being shot.

There was no immediate word on the students' conditions, but officials say both were taken to Tacoma General Hospital.

The high school is located at 108th Avenue East and Eustis Hunt Road East in Graham, in Pierce County, and the gunshots were reportedly fired on the Eustis Hunt Road side of the campus.

The shooters were suspected of fleeing the area in a green vehicle.

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John Gutierrez, 41, who was driving to pick up his son from the school, said he noticed the sheriff's deputies on his way to the school and added he was asked to leave the parking lot when he arrived.

Students were beginning to be released from school about 4:30 p.m., starting with Frontier Middle School, according to the Bethel School District.

"I was actually kinda calm because we've been trained since really early on to know what to do in these situations", said Graham-Kapowsin ninth-grader James Baker. Three schools remain in lockdown. "I'm just praying for the parents of the other kids". It's unclear whether the shooter or shooters were students at the school. "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". This is a scary situation and we are proud of how our staff, students and families have been and are still reacting to it.

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