Seattle man allegedly points gun at driver in Bellingham parking dispute

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 15, 2014 

BELLINGHAM - A 70-year-old Seattle man allegedly pulled a gun on another man in a dispute over parking Monday afternoon, July 14, according to the Bellingham Police Department.

The victim told police the incident began with a car-door bump in a parking lot at 3110 Woburn St., police spokesman Bob Vander Yacht said.

A 23-year-old man was sitting in his parked Chevy Camaro at about 12:40 p.m. Monday, when the 70-year-old man parked next to him in a Chevy Suburban, bumping the Camaro with his door as he opened it, Vander Yacht said.

The Camaro driver told police that he told the man to be more careful, and that appeared to be the end of the issue. But when the Suburban driver returned to his car, he told the Camaro driver that he should park more carefully and again bumped the car with his door.

The Camaro driver then approached the driver's side of the Suburban, and the 70-year-old driver allegedly pulled out a semi-automatic handgun from a holster and pointed it at the other man. "Do you want to live?" he asked the 23-year-old, and then he drove off as the younger man backed away, Vander Yacht said.

The 23-year-old told police the Suburban's license plate number, and he identified the owner, Donald O. Ware, through a photo lineup. Police weren't able to catch Ware, so a citation by summons for unlawful handling of a weapon is being sent to his Seattle address.

Reach Zoe Fraley at 360-756-2803 or zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com.

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