2 suspects in Graham school shooting released from custody

Law enforcement personnel respond to a shooting outside Graham-Kapowsin High School. (KOMO News file photo)

TACOMA, Wash. - Two teenage suspects linked to a double shooting last week outside Graham-Kapowsin High School will be released from confinement Monday pending further developments in the case, Pierce County officials said.

The two, who investigators say were with another suspect who fired the shots that wounded two students, have been held at the Juvenile Justice Center on a 72-hour hold, but that hold expires on Monday and so far no charges have been filed. So the two will be released, said James Lynch II of the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office.

A court hearing for the two suspects originally set for Monday has been canceled, he said.

The shooter and a fourth suspect remain at large. Investigators say they are closing in on the suspected shooter, but no arrests have been made yet.

The shooting happened Tuesday afternoon at the site of a prearranged fight between one of the suspects and another Graham-Kapowsin student, but the planned fight never happened. Instead the four suspects got into a car and then shots were fired from the car into the crowd of students who had gathered for the fight.

The scene was chaotic as the two wounded students were able to make it from the off-campus site where the fight was supposed to take place to back on campus and then were rushed to the hospital.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office said dash camera video shows the getaway car, with the four suspects inside, leaving the scene. That car and other tips led to the arrest of the first two suspects.

Lynch said the investigation is still ongoing, with a number of detectives still working get more information.

Pierce County detectives are asking anyone who knows the identities or locations of the two outstanding suspects to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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