Man shot after answering door at his Kendall home


KENDALL — A shooting in the Peaceful Valley area late Saturday, Dec. 14, left one man in critical condition at St. Joseph hospital.

Anthony Steven Hite Sr., 55, answered the front door of his home, in the 8500 block of Golden Valley Drive, around 9:50 p.m. He was met with gunshots from a semiautomatic handgun, said Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks. Several bullets went through the door and struck Hite. His children and family, who were home, weren’t hurt. But Hite was rushed to the hospital with wounds to his torso.

Meanwhile sheriff’s deputies and U.S. border agents scoured the neighborhood in search of a four-door silver Honda. Parks didn’t have information Sunday afternoon about the search. Police dogs searched the area but the scent was cold.

So far, no suspects have been named and no one has been arrested. Blurry security footage from Hite’s home showed a lone man walking to the door — possibly dressed in sweat pants, but even that’s hard to tell from the film, Parks said. More footage from neighbors might give police a better look at the suspect, he added.

Hite has lived in Bellingham for close to a decade.

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