Greener BeeGreen Tips2nd suspect arrested, 1 still at large in shooting outside Graham school

KIRO 7 News Staff

Updated: Dec 6, 2017 – 9:11 AM

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GRAHAM, Wash. – Officers have detained a second suspect in a drive-by shooting outside Graham-Kapowsin High School that left two students critically injured Tuesday afternoon. 

The boy seen in a white T-shirt in a photo in this story is the second suspect. The person wearing the hooded sweatshirt is the third suspect, who is at large.  

Left: Detectives are searching for two more suspects in the shooting of students outside Graham-Kapowsin High School. Right: Suspect vehicle involved in the shooting. (Photos: Pierce County Sheriff’s Department)

Anyone who sees the third suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

The green Chevrolet Impala that officers had been searching for was recovered in Tacoma and towed away.

Detectives arrested the first suspect, a 17-year-old, in connection with the shooting Tuesday night.

Photos from the scene outside of Graham-Kaposwin High School 

After two students were shot, one was found in a school locker room, and another was found in a parking lot by the football field. The students were taken to Tacoma General Hospital in critical condition. They are expected to survive. 

Key Developments

  •  Two students injured in shooting outside Graham-Kapowsin High School in Graham.
  • Shooting happened off campus
  • The victims are students at the high school; they were taken to area hospitals.
  •  The victims were in critical condition and are expected to survive.
  • Deputies say the shooting may be gang related. 

In a Facebook post, a parent said their son was shot four times and is still dealing with surgeries. 

The other boy was shot in the leg.

Students said that when the shots were fired, they tried to run inside the school to avoid more gunfire, prompting a lockdown of four schools affecting 3,000 students. Some students were not released to their parents until about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say the shooting may have been gang-related. The parents of the victims said their sons have no gang ties and were merely bystanders.

The Bethel School District said the school is starting two hours late, but the late start was pre-planned.

Counselors will be on hand at the school Wednesday and there will be extra security.

Graham-Kapowsin High School is located at 108th Ave E. Eustis Hunt Rd. E. in Graham. Shots reportedly were fired on the Eustis Hunt Rd. side of the campus.



Updates during the shooting are below.


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