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Alleged shooter in Graham school case is in custody

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

TACOMA, Wash. -- The teen who authorities believe was the shooter at Graham-Kapowsin High School and wounded two students last week turned himself in Monday afternoon.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Department said the 16-year-old boy turned himself into Remann Hall, the juvenile detention facility in Tacoma. He is expected to be booked into detention for investigation of assault and drive-by shooting.

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..

But on Monday, those two teenage suspects were to be released from from confinement 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 in juvenile detention on a 72-hour hold, but that hold expires on Monday and so far no charges have been filed. So the two were to 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.

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