2 students shot near Pierce County high school; Search for suspects underway

Two Students Reportedly Wounded in Shooting Outside Pierce County High School

A Pierce County Sheriff's Dept. deputy stands between two vehicles near Graham-Kapowsin High School, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Graham, Wash.

He is a student at Graham-Kapowsin High but the other two suspects are not believed to be from the area, sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said. Shots were reportedly fired on the Eustis Hunt Rd. side of the campus.

They issued no details about their condition or whether they survived, but reported they were being taken to Tacoma General Hospital.

The two victims, both males, ran back to the campus after being shot, Troyer said.

The Bethel School District announced that three other schools were placed on lockdown in addition to Graham-Kapowsin: Frontier Middle School, Nelson Elementary School and Graham Elementary School.

Deputies are now sweeping the school grounds, although the department says there are no indications that the shooters are on campus.

As parents rushed to a reunification site set up at Frontier Middle School, deputies conducted multiple security sweeps of the schools, to make sure the suspects had left the area.

This is a developing story.

The sheriff's office said multiple suspects were being sought.

"It is scary, but I know my son is OK". We have been assured that students still on campus are safe.

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. "We are following direction from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department and are relying on them for additional information at this point".

Students at Graham Elementary School have been released to their buses with staff supervision, according to the district.

Deputies established a perimeter around Graham-Kapowsin High.

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