2 students shot at high school 20 miles SE of Tacoma

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Doug Boyles, a spokesperson from the Bethel School District, confirmed that two victims are Graham-Kapowsin High School students, but didn't have more information.

John Gutierrez, 41 of Frederickson, to The News-Tribune of Tacoma that he was on his way to the Graham-Kapowsin High to get his son, who had finished with his after-school drama program.

On Tuesday evening, deputies contacted a teenage male student from GKHS at his residence in Spanaway. One student was found in a parking lot near the football field, while another student was found shot in a locker room, the sheriff's office tweeted Tuesday.

In a tweet sent out early Wednesday, the sheriff's office said gunfire erupted during a fight near school grounds, and that the suspects, who were said to be black males, fled the scene in a green Chevy Impala. But before the fight started, someone in the getaway vehicle fired multiple rounds, hitting the two students. The two male victims then ran back to the school campus, where they were found and transported to Tacoma General Hospital, according to Detective Ed Troyer.

The high school is located at 22100 108th Ave E.in Graham. Deputies who checked the school's grounds found no signs any suspects were there.

The wounded students were in surgery late Tuesday afternoon and were expected to survive, according to Troyer.

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 confident that the shooters fled the area and there are no suspects at the school or on the school grounds", a Sheriff Department spokesman said.

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

At 2:27 p.m., deputies responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls about shots fired near Graham-Kapowsin High.

The shooting may be gang-related.

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.

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