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Teens arrested in shooting outside of Graham-Kapowsin High to be released for now without charges

Two 17-year-old boys suspected of taking part in a shooting that wounded two students outside Graham-Kapowsin High School earlier this month are expected to be released from custody Monday without being charged.

The Pierce County Proseuctor’s Office announced the news in a statement released by spokesman James Lynch.

“The investigation is still ongoing with a number of detectives still working to get more information,” Lynch said. “In the meantime, the two teens will be released at some point today, NCF, which means no charges filed pending further investigation.”

The two were arrested last week following the Dec. 5 incident near the school.

Sheriff’s deputies said a group of teenagers had gathered after the final school bell for purposes of engaging in a fistfight. The fight never took place, but someone in a car leaving the gathering fired shots into the crowd. Two boys, 17 and 16, were hit but survived.

The shooting resulted in a large police response at the Pierce County school.

A judge had ordered the pair held for 72 hours without charges while detectives investigated. The clock ran out on that hold Monday.

“We don’t have everything we need to support the charge, and the 72 hours is up,” Lynch told The News Tribune in an interview.

Deputies still are seeking a third teen for questioning.

Click here to read the article on the Tacoma News Tribune.

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