BELLINGHAM - At least one man was jailed on weapons charges in the wake of a shooting and other possibly related violence in downtown Bellingham early Sunday, Sept. 8.
It was unclear whether anyone was shot or seriously injured, but Bellingham Fire Battalion Chief Andy Day said firefighters were not summoned to a shooting.
Dominic Da-Jaun Dixon, whose age and hometown were not listed, was being held at the Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of discharging a firearm, a gross misdemeanor. Dixon was arrested about 3 a.m. Sunday.
Several arrests were made about the same time, for disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer. It was unknown if those arrests were connected to the shooting, however.
Bellingham resident Pat Haynes said he witnessed the incident.
"I crossed Railroad right by Man Pies and we saw people start throwing fists and then I hear a clip put in and a gun cocked. I look to the left and see a gun and then I ducked and could hear the shot go off. Then there was another shot. I am pretty sure he was shooting in the air," Haynes said.
Police were not releasing any details Sunday afternoon as they sorted out the chaos of one or more incidents, including what witnesses said was a fight involving about 40 people.
A police official promised a full report Monday.
Various social media was abuzz with speculation about the incident, which was seen by hundreds of people in the town's vibrant weekend entertainment core.
Witnesses said multiple police officers from several local agencies converged on the area of Railroad Avenue between Holly and Chestnut streets to assist Bellingham officers.
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