Two Students Reportedly Wounded in Shooting Outside Pierce County High School

"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.

Two high school students who were shot near their school Tuesday in the city of Graham near Tacoma are expected to survive. However, there were no signs of the shooters being on campus.

Graham-Kapowsin High, Nelson Elementary and Frontier Middle School were all placed in in lockdown in the immediate aftermath, and Eatonville School District was placed in temporary modified lockdown as a precaution because of proximity to the high school.

The sheriff's department says it still does not have a motive for the shooting, but they believe it started as an arranged off-campus fist fight that turned into a shooting.

All other students were safe and being reunited with family. Shots were reportedly fired on the Eustis Hunt Rd. side of the campus.

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

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

As of Wednesday morning, two suspects were in custody and officials were still searching for a third according to the sheriff's office. But three other nearby schools were locked down as a precaution. Deputies were actively sweeping the school grounds, but said there was no indication the suspects were on campus.

Baker says he texted his mom when the school went on lockdown to let her know what was going on.

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

"Everything is starting to point that way", Troyer said.

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.

  • Toni Ryan