Crime

Two arrested for attempted murder in Birchwood neighborhood

The Sacramento Bee

Two Lummi Reservation men are facing attempted murder charges in the wake of a shooting Friday night just outside the Birchwood neighborhood of Bellingham, sheriff’s officials said.

No one was injured in the 9 p.m. incident, but a 17-year-old boy said he was nearly hit in the head as bullets riddled a home in the 3200 block of Bennett Drive.

“He was struck by some of the wood splinters. It was close,” said Chief Criminal Deputy Doug Chadwick of the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

A total of eight shots were fired, he said.

“Deputies observed where a bullet had struck the front of the residence, as well as multiple bullet holes in two vehicles that were parked near the residence,” Chadwick said. “During a search of the area, deputies were able to locate numerous 9mm shell casings where witnesses reported the shooter fired from.”

Deputies booked Gene Oliver Parker, 32, and Robert Kent Chase, 54, early Saturday on charges of first degree attempted murder and first degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Both were being held Monday on $1 million bail. Results of a Monday court hearing weren’t immediately available.

Chadwick said Monday that that the incident apparently stems from a domestic dispute between Parker and his girlfriend.

Those who live at the Bennett Drive home told deputies that Parker’s girlfriend went there after an argument. Parker called that house, demanding to know where his girlfriend was, Chadwick said.

“On one of the last phone calls, Parker concluded by stating, ‘I got something for you, I’ll come over and give it to you …,’ ” Chadwick said.

That phone call was a half-hour before the shooting, he said.

He said witness statements and other information led deputies to Parker’s home in the 2500 block of Cagey Road. Chase also lives on Cagey Road, Chadwick said.

Parker said “I think I got one … or I think I must have got one …,” a witness told deputies.

A search warrant served at Chase’s home produced several firearms, including one that smelled as if it had been recently use, Chadwick said.

“Deputies located several firearms, to include a 9mm handgun, .22 handgun, .22 rifle and two AR-15 rifles. Deputies noted that the 9mm handgun smelled of gunpowder,” Chadwick said.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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