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Two students wounded near school

Two students wounded near school

Two students have reportedly been shot at a United States high school.

Two neighboring schools also were in lockdown after the shooting but were reopened earlier than the high school and their students were released, said Bethel School District officials.

While one student was found in the parking lot near the football field, the other was found in a locker room.

Both were taken to Tacoma General Hospital.

Both suspects are described as black males.

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.

Their condition is not yet known.

Pierce County Sheriff tweeted that they believe the shooting occurred just off school grounds.

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The shooting may be gang-related. "All remaining students on campus are secured with deputies, considered safe as security sweep is ongoing".

"We are confident there are no shooters at the school or on the school grounds", sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Graham-Kapowsin High, Nelson Elementary and Frontier Middle School were all placed in in lockdown in the immediate aftermath, and Eatonville School District was placed in temporary modified lockdown as a precaution because of proximity to the high school.

The high school is located at 22100 108th Ave E.in Graham.

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.

Students were beginning to be released from school about 4:30 p.m., starting with Frontier Middle School, according to the Bethel School District.

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