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The students, both male, were shot just outside of school grounds and ran back onto the campus, Sheriff Spokesman Ed Troyer said during an interview on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, two students were shot in an incident that took place Tuesday afternoon outside Graham-Kapowsin High School, Bethel School District.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office says two students were shot at Graham-Kapowsin High School in Graham Tuesday afternoon. "All remaining students on campus are secured with deputies, considered safe as security sweep is ongoing", one tweet read.

The victims were taken to hospitals for medical treatment.

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.

Graham Elementary students were released to their buses about 3:10 p.m. After-school activities at Graham-Kapowsin High and Frontier Middle School were canceled.

The shooters were suspected of fleeing the area in a green vehicle.

Deputies who responded to the scene checked the school's grounds and found no signs any suspects were there. Gutierrez also revealed how he got a text from his son saying he can't leave the school as they are going on lockdown.

A spokesperson for Bethel school district said schools in the area were on lockdown.

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

The shooting happened about 2:30 p.m. near the school, 22100 108th Ave.

Dave Reichert, United States Rep. R-Auburn, also tweeted, "My prayers are w/ the families of the victims; the students, teachers, & staff at the school; & the community affected".

"Everything is starting to point that way", Troyer said. "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".