2 students shot at high school 20 miles SE of Tacoma

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The Pierce County Sheriff's Department is reporting that officers are responding to gunshots outside Graham-Kapowsin High School.

One of the victims was found in the parking lot by the football field, Troyer said, and one was found in the school's locker room.

Troyer said officials believe the shooting took place off school property and the wounded students ran back onto the campus. The conditions of the two students are still unknown.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who recognizes the remaining suspects to call the Sheriff's Office at 253-798-7530 or Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County at 1-800-222-TIPS. They are being treated at the Tacoma General Hospital, Tacoma, Washington.

Spokesman Ed Troyer said investigators believe the shooting happened after a fight near the campus of Graham-Kapowsin High School. Callers reported that there was a fight near the school grounds right before the shots were heard, then multiple vehicles were seen fleeing the area - including at least one carrying the suspects. However, there were no signs of the shooters being on campus.

A spokesperson for Bethel school district said schools in the area were on lockdown. Their ages and identities remain unidentified. Deputies were actively sweeping the school grounds, but said there was no indication the suspects were on campus. "We're going into lockdown".

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The shooting occurred just after 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday outside of the school.

Troyer said the Sheriff's Office obtained a search warrant to enter the home where the second suspect was arrested.

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.