Crime

Five people arrested in gang-related Bellingham shooting

BELLINGHAM - Five people were arrested Thursday night, Jan. 13, after allegedly participating in a shooting in the 1800 block of Texas Street that police believe was gang-related. No one was injured.

Bellingham police were still investigating the incident Thursday night but were able to provide some details.

Bellingham Police Sgt. Jason Monson said neighbors called 911 at about 8:25 p.m. to report multiple shots being fired in that area.

They were able to provide a description of a car involved, and a Whatcom County sheriff’s deputy who was nearby responded.

That deputy spotted a car matching the description in the 2400 block of Orleans Street and stopped it, Monson said.

Five people, who police said are known gang members, were inside; many — if not all of them — were intoxicated. The driver was arrested for DUI, others were arrested for minor in possession of alcohol, Monson said.

One was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault for allegedly attacking a medic who was attempting to treat him for overconsumption of alcohol, Monson said.

Monson said he wasn’t certain if a gun had been recovered from the car. The car was impounded and police were in the process of obtaining a warrant to search it at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday night.

Monson said neighbors and the people arrested were able to provide some information about what had happened.

Based on those interviews, police believe the five people in the car were involved in a dispute with a rival gang.

Monson said shots were fired from the car at another group of people on the street. One person in that group returned fire.

Monson said police were still trying to determine how many shots had been fired.

The shooter in the group fled on foot and had not been located as of 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Monson said.

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