2 students shot outside Washington state high school, sheriff’s office says

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GRAHAM, Wash. — Two students were shot outside Graham-Kapowsin High School on Tuesday and Pierce County sheriff’s deputies said they’re looking for suspects, KCPQ reports.

The Pierce County sheriff’s office said one student was found in the parking lot by the football field and another was found in a locker room. Shots were reportedly fired on the Eustis Hunt Rd. side of the campus.

Deputies said the shooting occurred just off school grounds, and the victims ran back onto campus.

There was no immediate word on the students’ conditions, but both were sent to local hospitals.

The sheriff’s office said the suspects were described as multiple black males, and that they fled in a green vehicle, possibly a Chevy Impala. Deputies were actively sweeping the school grounds, but said there was no indication the suspects were on campus.

Deputies said the shooting might be gang-related.

Graham-Kapowsin High, Nelson Elementary and Frontier Middle School were all placed in in lockdown in the immediate aftermath, and Eatonville School District was placed in temporary modified lockdown as a precaution because of proximity to the high school. Students at Graham Elementary were released to their bus with staff supervision, and all after-school activities at the Graham-Kapowsin High School and Frontier were cancelled.

Deputies were securing the campus, and said the students in lockdown were safe.

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