Two people shot near Graham-Kapowsin High School

Henrietta Brewer
December 6, 2017

According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, two students were shot in an incident that took place Tuesday afternoon outside Graham-Kapowsin High School, Bethel School District.

Although the shooting was believed to have taken place off school grounds, one victim was found in a parking lot near the school's football field and the other was found inside a locker room, police said.

Both suspects are described as black males.

The students, both male, were shot just outside of school grounds and ran back onto the campus, Sheriff Spokesman Ed Troyer said during an interview on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM.


The shooting happened about 2:30 p.m. near the school, 22100 108th Ave.

The conditions of the wounded students were not immediately known. They say the shooting may be gang-related.

Pierce County Sheriff's Deputies patted down students and searched backpacks and other belongings before releasing them from the school.

Deputies were securing the campus, and said the students in lockdown were safe. "That's something we have teams of people working now", Troyer said.


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.

Dave Reichert, United States Rep. R-Auburn, also tweeted, "My prayers are w/ the families of the victims; the students, teachers, & staff at the school; & the community affected".

The high school campus is alongside the campuses of Frontier Middle School and Nelson Elementary School.

At least some of the students who were still at the high school after the shooting were reunited with their parents at Frontier Middle School gymnasium. It's unclear whether the shooter or shooters were students at the school.


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