Sheriff: 2 students shot at Pierce County high school

"We are confident there are no shooters at the school or on the school grounds", sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said about 3:45 p.m.

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

Police tweeted that at this point there are no reasons to believe the shooters are still on campus.

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.

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. "One was in the bathroom near a locker room".

The high school is located at 22100 108th Ave Graham.

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

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. Deputies were actively sweeping the school grounds, but said there was no indication the suspects were on campus. Three schools remain in lockdown. Frontier Middle School, Graham Elementary School and Nelson Elementary School were also locked down during the initial investigation.

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

"It is scary, but I know my son is OK", he said. The victims ran to the high school after being shot.

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

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and students involved with this shooting today". The Bethel School District confirmed via a tweet the victims shot were indeed students from the school.

  • Joey Payne