BELLINGHAM - A Western Washington University teaching assistant has been arrested on suspicion of shooting a 30-year-old man.
Several people called police to report gunfire at 10:22 p.m. Saturday, May 11, in the 2600 block of Nevada Street. On the sidewalk, officers found a man bleeding from gunshot wounds, said Bellingham police spokesman Mark Young. He survived, but his current condition, and details about his injuries, have not been released.
About that time, the alleged shooter called 911 from a home in the same block. Young declined to outline the conversation between the dispatcher and Kamuran Daniel Chabuk, 27.
After interviewing several witnesses, police booked Chabuk into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of assault in the first degree. A semiautomatic handgun, suspected to have been used in the shooting, was recovered from his home and impounded as evidence.
Police have yet to clarify the relationship between Chabuk and the wounded man. Interviewing the men has proven difficult, Young said, because one man needed immediate medical treatment, and Chabuk refused to talk with a detective.
Chabuk made his first appearance Monday in Whatcom County Superior Court. Commissioner David M. Thorn set bail at $200,000.
The WWU math department directory lists Chabuk as a teaching assistant. He has an office in Bond Hall.
Chabuk has instructed three 100-level math classes at the university since fall 2012, according to an online course schedule. This quarter, he had been teaching a pre-calculus course with 27 students.
Chabuk planned to deliver a talk at WWU in mid-April, exploring the math behind Google's PageRank system. It's unclear if he gave the talk as scheduled.
Court records suggest Chabuk had no criminal history in Washington state.