Crime

Shooting reported outside Bellis Fair mall

A man was shot several times Friday evening, June 19, in the Bellis Fair mall parking lot outside the food court. He was rushed to St. Joseph hospital.
A man was shot several times Friday evening, June 19, in the Bellis Fair mall parking lot outside the food court. He was rushed to St. Joseph hospital. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

One man was shot several times outside Bellis Fair mall’s food court Friday evening, June 19.

The shooting victim, a man in his 20s, had been parked in a red Chevy Impala in the mall’s lot around 7 p.m. when several people approached him, said Bellingham Police Sgt. Keith Johnson.

Police believe they had a conversation, but detectives continue to investigate what was said. Someone started yelling — about money, witnesses said — and someone fired several gunshots from what was likely a semiautomatic weapon, according to police.

The man suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He fled the gunfire north in his Impala. Moments later the Impala crashed into parked cars on the opposite side of the mall, along the east side of Target.

The victim was taken from the scene in an ambulance. As of 8:30 p.m. he was alive but still getting emergency medical aid, said Bellingham Fire Department Assistant Chief Bill Hewett.

No one else was harmed in the parking lot or the mall.

Police suspect the shooter, or shooters, left the scene in a dark sports car, possibly a BMW. Conflicting radio dispatches described that car as either black or silver. Witnesses told police three or four young men were inside. They were described as Hispanic with shaved heads, white T-shirts, and jeans. However, police could not confirm if those descriptions were accurate.

Police pulled over several sports cars, at least one of which was headed southbound on Interstate 5. As of late Friday no one had been arrested, Johnson said.

Live and spent rounds were left scattered around the scene of the shooting, alongside shattered bluish windshield glass.

Kaylie Dorsey, 20, said she was in her parked car nursing her baby girl when the Impala crashed into the back corner of a dark Chevrolet car, right in front of her. The impact pushed the dark Chevy into two other cars. She said a young woman in the Impala then took the wheel and parked against the back wall of Target.

Two apparent bullet holes were left on the Impala’s driver’s side: one went through the windshield; the other into the side of the hood, near the hinge of the driver’s side door.

Reach Caleb Hutton at 360-715-2276 or caleb.hutton@bellinghamherald.com. Read the Dispatcher blog at bellinghamherald.com/dispatcher-blog and follow him on Twitter at @bhamcaleb.

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