Ittakes a village to raise a fist

Published on Thu, Mar 18, 2004
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It takes a village to raise a fist

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office is trying to cobble together the stories from neighbors and guests of a party in Birch Bay Village that ended with two victims headed for St. Joseph Hospital, where one remains in critical condition.

“We have lots of leads in this case, information to check on, stories to go through,” said Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office captain Jeff Parks.

Deputies responded to a 911 call at 6:20 a.m. on Saturday, March 13 reporting a fight involving six to seven people in the 5600 block of Salish Road. When they arrived they found two victims who “appeared to have suffered trauma from a blunt impact weapon,” according to WCSO deputy Mark Lann. The 35-year-old male owner of the home, one of those who had called 911, had suffered blows to the head but was conscious when deputies arrived. The other victim, a 24-year-old male, was not. He had received numerous blows to face, head and body, according to Lann, and was “actively bleeding from wounds to his body, face and head.”

Both victims were transported to hospital where the 24-year-old remains in critical but stable condition. The other victim was treated in the emergency room and released.

Addressing concerns from some Birch Bay residents who say there was a continuing threat in the gated community, Parks said it had more of the markings of a party gone wrong, rather than a random attack on a household. “A lot of people knew each other. There was socializing going on,” he said. “There were people coming and going and it appears that at one point a group of people came back.”

Parks said they did not have anyone in custody as of March 16 but that the investigation was ongoing.