Sheriff: 2 students shot at Pierce County high school

Terry Joseph
December 7, 2017

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.

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

Two neighboring schools also were in lockdown after the shooting but were reopened earlier than the high school and their students were released, said Bethel School District officials. Troyer said one of the two victims may have been a bystander who had no knowledge of the fight. The other student was found inside a locker room. "One was in a parking lot of the football field". Officials say the two wounded male students ran back onto the Graham-Kapowsin campus after being shot.

Both victims, aged 16, were taken to Tacoma General Hospital with gunshot wounds and were expected to survive after undergoing emergency surgeries. Officers are still investigating.

The shooting happened about 2:30 p.m. near the school, 22100 108th Ave.

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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.

The shooters are described as multiple males who left in a green vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Impala. Gutierrez also revealed how he got a text from his son saying he can't leave the school as they are going on lockdown. "Because you never know", said Leah Baker. 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 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.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office appealed for the public's help in identifying the two wanted suspects and tweeted that Crime Stoppers was offering a reward for information.

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