Bellingham house struck by bullets in early morning shooting


BELLINGHAM - Residents of a cul-de-sac north of Alabama Street awoke to gunshots early Thursday morning, June 5, as several rounds were fired into a nearby home, according to the Bellingham Police Department.

Callers reported seeing a dark-colored van in the 2700 block of Undine Place, off Undine Street, at about 2:30 a.m. and hearing loud voices of people who may have been arguing, followed by gunshots before the van left, Lt. Bob Vander Yacht said.

When officers arrived, they found six shell casings in the road that appeared to be from a semi-automatic handgun. Several of the bullets struck a nearby house; a couple bullets lodged in the wall and a couple went into the living area of the home. The residents were upstairs sleeping as the bullets went into the lower floor.

"If someone had been down there it could have been a real tragedy," Vander Yacht said.

Police don't know why the van was there or who was driving - it's not a vehicle that anyone in the neighborhood was familiar with. It doesn't appear that the people in the house that was shot had any involvement in the shooting, Vander Yacht said.

Detectives were still investigating the incident Thursday. Anyone with information about the shooting can call the Bellingham Police anonymous tip line at 360-778-8611.

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