As a result of this ongoing investigation, Burlington Police Department, in cooperation with Bellingham Police Department and Whatcom County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team, a search warrant was served in the 800 Block of E. Axton Rd. in Bellingham. During the execution of the search warrant, detectives recovered 3 guns and various quantities of methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana. The van believed to be involved in this incident was also located at that address.
A 49 year old Bellingham man and a 55 year old Bellingham woman are currently in custody in the Skagit County Community Justice Center. They are currently being held on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Drive by Shooting and Delivering Drugs to a Minor. Detectives were able to confirm that was not a random act and the parties involved in this incident knew each other.
Burlington Police Department would like to thank the many Skagit County and Whatcom County law enforcement agencies that came together to help with this investigation. This was another excellent example of multi-agency cooperation.
At approximately 9:07pm on 03/19/18, Burlington Police received reports of shots being fired in the area of Spruce St and Cedar St in Burlington. 911 callers also reported seeing two vehicles speeding through the area. While responding, officers discovered a passenger car in the area which had rolled over and was unoccupied. This vehicle was later determined to have been associated with the shots fired call.
Officers located the occupants of the rolled passenger car a block away from the scene of the accident. The passengers were identified as a 17 year old Ferndale boy and a 16 year old Bellingham boy. Both boys were treated for non-life threatening injures.
Officers were able to confirm that shots had been fired however; we have received no reports of anyone being struck by the shots.
The motive for the shooting is unclear at this time, but this incident appears to have stemmed from an argument which originated in front of the theater at the Cascade Mall. Police are still looking for an older model red minivan with front end damage which may be associated with this case.
This case is still under investigation and anyone with information about his is encouraged to contact Burlington Police Department at (360)755-0921.