Detective Ed Troyer says the two students were shot just off school grounds and that they ran back to campus.
Sheriff's deputies in Washington state are searching for two teenagers suspected of shooting a pair of male students near a high school in the small city of Graham on Tuesday.
Police are responding to reports that two students were shot near a high school in Washington state as part of what police say could be gang-related activity. Meanwhile, possible suspects in the shooting remained at-large after fleeing the area, according to authorities. The other student was found in a locker room. Shots were reportedly fired on the Eustis Hunt Rd. side of the campus. Both were taken to Tacoma General Hospital.
The shooters are described as multiple males who left in a green vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet Impala.
As of Wednesday morning, two suspects were in custody and officials were still searching for a third according to the sheriff's office.
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.
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Police said two other people were stabbed during the fight and are at the hospital. Police were searching for the driver, The Associated Press reported.
John Gutierrez, 41, who was driving to pick up his son from the school, said he noticed the sheriff's deputies on his way to the school and added he was asked to leave the parking lot when he arrived.
Baker says he texted his mom when the school went on lockdown to let her know what was going on.
Once the danger was cleared the students were released around 4:30 p.m. local time (7:30 p.m. EST).
After deeming the campus secure, the sheriff's department and Bethel School District allowed students to be released.
Troyer said the shooting appears to be the result of an altercation between people who may have known each other.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and students involved with this shooting today".