Two male students were shot outside Graham-Kapowsin High School on Tuesday and Pierce County sheriff's deputies said they're looking for suspects.
John Gutierrez, 41 of Frederickson, to The News-Tribune of Tacoma that he was on his way to the Graham-Kapowsin High to get his son, who had finished with his after-school drama program.
Deputies found two gunshot victims - one in the school parking lot near a football field, the other inside a locker room. They were taken to Tacoma General Hospital.
The Pierce County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday a third suspect in the shooting, described only as a 17-year-old male, has been apprehended, but his two alleged accomplices remained at large.
Investigators determined that the shooting occurred during a fight just off school grounds on Eustis-Hunt Road East.
Once the danger was cleared the students were released around 4:30 p.m. local time (7:30 p.m. EST).
Police responded to reports Tuesday regarding multiple shots being fired in a school in Pierce County, Washington, and speculated it might be a gang-related activity. But three other nearby schools were locked down as a precaution.
Troyer said officials believe the shooting took place off school property and the wounded students ran back onto the campus. We have been assured that students still on campus are safe.
Graham-Kapowsin is part of the Bethel School District.
"I knew he wasn't one of the kids that was shot, and I pray for them and their parents".
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and students involved with this shooting today".
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 Pierce County Sheriff's Office appealed for the public's help in identifying the two wanted suspects and tweeted that Crime Stoppers was offering a reward for information.