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Father of Graham high school shooting victim speaks out

The father of a teenager who was shot outside Graham-Kapowsin High School earlier this week is speaking out for the first time. (Photo: KOMO News)

GRAHAM, Wash. - The father of a teenager who was shot outside Graham-Kapowsin High School earlier this week is speaking out for the first time.

On Friday, John Villagomez called the shooting 'senseless' and urged the shooter and those involved to turn themselves in.

He told KOMO News his son, 16-year-old Kyler Storey, was shot four times just off campus on Tuesday.

Villagomez said after the shooting, his son had to call 911 and then called his mother.

"The most difficult thing to process is that he's the one who made the call," he said. "She said, 'Kyler has been shot,' and my mouth flew open. She came running down the stairs and I grabbed the keys and took off to the high school."

They rushed to then school to find Kyler on a gurney with first responders.

Investigators said Tuesday that students had gathered to watch a fight outside the high school on Eustis Hunt Road. Instead, the suspects got into a green Chevrolet Impala and as they drove away, someone fired shots, hitting Kyler and another student.

"That's beyond me, who looks at a crowd of people and says I might as well take a few shots and see if I get somebody," said Villagomez. "I don't understand that logic, there was no threat."

He said Kyler underwent four hours of surgery and has a long road to recovery ahead.

"That's going to be the longest and be the hardest for him to overcome is that recurring you know nightmare." said Villagomez.

Deputies are still looking for the suspect who fired the shots and a fourth suspect in the car.

Two teens, already in custody, will stay behind bars through the weekend. Investigators said they'll likely be charged on Monday.

Pierce County detectives are asking anyone who recognizes the suspects to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.


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