By Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune
GRAHAM, Pierce County — Hours after two students were shot near Graham-Kapowsin High School Tuesday, detectives arrested a 17-year-old boy and released photographs of two more suspected shooters.
“We are confident that with your help we will bring swift justice and peace of mind for the hundreds of students and parents affected by today’s shooting,” the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department wrote on its social media accounts.
Within an hour, more than 240 people had retweeted photos of two teens believed to be involved in the shooting.
Detectives are asking anyone with information on the shooters or the green Chevrolet Impala they fled in to call Tacoma-Pierce County CrimeStoppers at 800-222-TIPS.
The 17-year-old was taken into custody at his home. He is a student at Graham-Kapowsin High but the other two suspects are not believed to be from the area, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
The shooting happened about 2:30 p.m. after a fight broke out near the school at 22100 108th Ave. E.
It’s unclear what prompted the fight but detectives said the shooting may be gang-related.
“We think there was some type of altercation between two groups and we’ll be sorting that out over the next few days,” Troyer said.
Two 16-year-old boys were shot and managed to run back to campus for help.
One of the victims was found in the parking lot by the football field. The other was found in the school’s locker room.
Both were taken to the hospital and were listed in serious condition.