Crime

Man apparently shot in downtown Bellingham, but who saw the attack?

McClatchy

A 24-year-old Bellingham man apparently was shot twice in the back and wounded in downtown early Saturday, July 30, but police so far have no leads.

“(He) reported that he had been shot, and there were two small-caliber bullet wounds to his back,” Bellingham police Sgt. Ken Brown said. The shooting was reported about 12:25 a.m. Saturday on the 200 block of East Holly Street, near Railroad Avenue, Brown said.

The man was rushed by ambulance to St. Joseph’s hospital, where he was treated Saturday and released. The victim’s name was withheld, and federal privacy law prevents the hospital from releasing medical information.

“He walked by a cabdriver who called 911,” Brown said. “He just said he was walking downtown and he apparently got shot twice.”

Brown said the victim had been drinking and did not see his assailant or suggest any reason why he might have been attacked. Police interviewed people in the area, but there were no witnesses.

“A couple of people did say they heard two small ‘pops,’ but that was it,” Brown said.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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