Crime

Whatcom deputies investigate apparent drug-related shooting of man, woman

McClatchy

Two people were shot in an apparent fight over drugs early Monday north of Lake Padden Park, just outside Bellingham city limits, according to authorities.

Bellingham Police were assisting the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation of a shooting reported at 1:18 a.m. Monday in the 1900 block of Yew Street Road, according to the online police activity log and emergency radio traffic archived online.

“The shooting may have involved a single, small-caliber handgun,” said Undersheriff Jeff Parks. “No one is in custody at this point and investigators are still in the process of determining what occurred and who may have been involved in the incident through witness interviews and following leads to determine what transpired at the scene of the shooting.”

Parks said Monday authorities weren’t ready to release further information, including the names and conditions of the people shot. He would only say a man in his 30s suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and a woman in her 20s was shot in the arm.

Both went to separate hospitals by private vehicle, Parks said. The man drove or was driven to St. Joseph hospital and the woman was driven, possibly by the alleged shooter, to Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon.

“We assisted deputies at the scene and at the hospital (St. Joseph),” said Bellingham Police Lt. Danette Beckley. “At the shooting scene securing it and assisting in locating evidence. At the hospital we responded and contacted and interviewed a witness and a victim, as well as gathered evidence from the victim and the transport vehicle.”

According to emergency radio traffic, neighbors heard arguing, followed by several gunshots, about 1:15 a.m. Monday. Neighbors called 911 to report a woman in her 20s and a man in his 30s were being driven to the hospital in a private vehicle.

Responding personnel were advised several times by dispatchers that people involved with the incident were well-known to police and should be considered “armed and dangerous” with “access to automatic weapons,” according to emergency radio traffic.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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