Bellingham police seek two men involved in Sunnyland gunfire


BELLINGHAM - Bellingham police want to talk with two men involved in a shooting in the Sunnyland neighborhood this week.

A neighbor woke to the sound of two men fighting around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at a home in the 600 block of Kentucky Street. One of the men ran outside to a car, while the other man - the resident - chased after him, said Bellingham Police Lt. Bob Vander Yacht.

The resident then pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and fired about five shots at the fleeing driver. Bullet casings were later recovered from the scene, but the bullet holes weren't found. It's unclear if the car, or the driver, were hit, Vander Yacht said.

Since then, detectives have struggled to track down either man. They're both adults in their 20s or 30s, but Vander Yacht declined to release their names or details about the car until detectives can investigate further.

Both men have a history of run-ins with the law. They also have a long history of arguing with each other, Vander Yacht said, though the subject of Wednesday's fight hasn't been confirmed. Police don't think they pose a threat to the general public.

The shooting was "very focused" and not random, Vander Yacht said.

Tips can be directed to Detective Tawsha Dykstra at 360-778-8664 or the Bellingham Police Department tip line at 360-778-8611.

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