Sheriff: 2 students shot at Pierce County high school

Sheriff: 2 students shot at Pierce County high school

Two high school students who were shot near their school Tuesday in the city of Graham near Tacoma are expected to survive.

One of the students was found in a parking lot near the football field of Graham-Kapowsin High School shortly after 2.30pm on Tuesday. They were taken to Tacoma General Hospital.

Deputies are seeking a green sedan, possibly a Chevrolet Impala, with multiple black males inside that may have fled the school after the shooting, Troyer said.

Deputies who responded to the scene checked the school's grounds and found no signs any suspects were there. Troyer said one of the two victims may have been a bystander who had no knowledge of the fight. "We are following direction from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department and are relying on them for additional information at this point".

Investigators determined that the shooting occurred during a fight just off school grounds on Eustis-Hunt Road East. Authorities believe the shooting took place off campus and students ran back to the high school after being shot at.

Troyer also clarified that it appears the shooting happened across the street from the school, about 30 to 40 yards away and over a fence.

Four schools in the district went under lockdown, but Graham Elementary students were recently released to their buses, per the district.

In a prepared statement, district officials offered their " thoughts and prayers" for the students involved in the shooting and their families, and gave reassurance that students on the campus "are safe". Gutierrez also revealed how he got a text from his son saying he can't leave the school as they are going on lockdown.

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.

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