WWU math teacher arrested after shooting on Nevada Street

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 13, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - A Western Washington University graduate 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. The man survived, but his current condition and details about his injuries have not been released.

Soon after the shooting, the alleged gunman 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.

Chabuk graduated from WWU in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in physics. He was working toward a master's degree in math, said university spokesman Paul Cocke.

Since fall 2012, Chabuk has taught three 100-level math classes at the university, under the supervision of a professor. This quarter, Chabuk led a pre-calculus course with 27 students, according to a course schedule. Another instructor has taken over for the final few weeks of the course, Cocke said.

Chabuk, who had an office in Bond Hall, will be barred from campus until the conclusion of a police investigation. Cocke doesn't expect the math department to make an official statement until the case is closed.

Court records suggest Chabuk had no criminal history in Washington state.

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