Students shot near Graham-Kapowsin High School

Police are looking for this person who they say is a suspect in the shooting outside Graham Kapowsin High School Dec. 5 2017

Police are looking for this person who they say is a suspect in the shooting outside Graham Kapowsin High School Dec. 5 2017

Two 17-year-old suspects have been arrested and a third suspect is being sought in connection with the shooting outside Graham-Kapowsin High School that injured two 16-year-old students on Tuesday, authorities said.

A statement from the Bethel School District said Graham-Kapowsin High School will have extra security on hand Wednesday, as well as additional counselors.

Troyer said that officers are investigating a motive for the shooting, and that it may have been gang-related.

A woman who claimed to be the mother of one of the victims wrote on Facebook that her son was shot four times and insisted that her son was not a gang member, 'but an innocent bystander along with the other boy that was shot'.

Graham-Kapowsin High School is located at 108th Avenue E and Eustis Hunt Road E. The shots were reportedly fired on the Eustis Hunt Road side of the school, and only about ten yards off campus.

Both victims, aged 16, were taken to Tacoma General Hospital with gunshot wounds and were expected to survive after undergoing emergency surgeries.

"We are confident that the shooters fled the area and there are no suspects at the school or on the school grounds", a Sheriff Department spokesman said.

Deputies who responded to the scene checked the school's grounds and found no signs any suspects were there.

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The shooters were suspected of fleeing the area in a green vehicle.

Graham-Kapowsin, Frontier Middle School and Nelson and Graham elementary schools were all put on lockdown on Tuesday afternoon, and parents in the district were sent an email notification about the incident.

"I knew he wasn't one of the kids that was shot, and I pray for them and their parents".

Troyer said the two victims are boys.

The high school was put in a lockdown that lasted for almost four hours before it was lifted at 6:15 p.m. and school buses began taking students home.

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.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and students involved with this shooting today".

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