Felon arrested on suspected gun charges after bullets fly by Marietta trailer

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDNovember 13, 2013 

A Whatcom County man was arrested on suspicion of gun charges after allegedly firing shots into the woods that whizzed past a Marietta-area trailer Saturday, Nov. 9, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office.

People in the trailer called 911 at about 3:30 p.m. to report bullets going through the trees around them. When deputies arrived in the 2000 block of Marine Drive, just south of the bridge over the Nooksack River, five men were still shooting into the trees less than half a mile away from where the callers had reported shots, Undersheriff Jeff Parks said.

The men had eight guns, including rifles, shotguns and handguns, and Parks said they were shooting into the trees with no safe backstop. Parks described it as a clear case of reckless shooting.

The men were cited for reckless endangerment and released, except for Nicholas Joseph Lloyd Nelson, 25, who is a convicted felon and not allowed to use firearms. Nelson was booked into Whatcom County Jail for investigation of eight counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

The guns were confiscated. No one was hurt, and no property appeared to have been damaged.

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