GRAHAM, WA – Two students were reportedly shot near Graham-Kapowsin High School on Tuesday afternoon. One student was found near the school football field and the other in a locker room, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Office. Both students were taken to Tacoma General for treatment.
At around 5 pm, Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said both students are expected to survive.
The shooting occurred just outside the campus, according to the sheriff's office, and could be related to gangs. The suspects fired from the scene in a green car that could be a Chevrolet Impala, police said. Troyer said that shooters are most likely high school students.
"The deputies are actively sweeping the school grounds, at this time there are no indications that the shooters are on campus. All remaining students on campus are insured with deputies, considered safe as security the sweep continues" , wrote the sheriff's office on Twitter.
Authorities reported the shooting at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday.
Graham-Kapowsin High School is located off 224th Street, near the intersection with Meridian Avenue. The shooting occurred on the north side of the school campus, which is where the sports facilities are located, near the intersection of Eustis Hunt Road and 216th Street East.
Graham-Kapowsin is part of the Bethel School District and serves Spanaway, Graham and Roy. The district had placed other schools near the high school at the close. The district also opened a "reunification site" for parents in the gymnasium of Foster High School, which is just south of the high school.
"There was a shooting near Graham-Kapowsin High School this afternoon, we are still learning details of the incident, but two GK students were involved, GKHS, [Foster Middle School] and Nelson Elementary School are still locked up. at Graham Elementary they have been released to their buses with staff supervision, "the district wrote Tuesday in a message to parents. "All after-school activities at Graham-Kapowsin High School and Frontier Middle School have been canceled."
This is the second high school shooting of the 2017-18 school year in Washington. In September, Caleb Sharpe, 15, allegedly opened fire at Freeman High School south of Spokane. The only fatality was Sam Strahan, 15, who died trying to stop Sharpe from opening fire, according to police.
Picture through the Bethel School District