One dead, one wounded in separate gunfire incidents
Two unrelated shooting incidents last week, one in Birch Bay and the other on Haynie Road near the Dakota Creek Golf Course, left one man dead and another severely injured according to Whatcom County sheriff’s deputy Jeff Parks.
In a third county incident involving gunfire on Sunday, June 20, shots were fired during a confrontation in a migrant labor camp near Lynden but no injuries resulted.
In the Haynie Road shooting, Bellingham native Paul Richardson, 28, was killed late Wednesday, June 16, with a single shot in the back from an AK-47 rifle. His roommate, 27-year-old Marcus Edward Bailey, was taken into custody by Whatcom County sheriff’s deputies at 8:40 a.m. the next morning after an all-night vigil outside the residence the two men shared at 3175 Haynie Road. Richardson’s body was discovered on the second floor with the rifle next to it.
After the shooting, Bailey called his mother, Pamela Cash, who went out to the residence to speak with him. She then left and alerted authorities by calling 911 around midnight Wednesday, warning them about the weapon. Deputies, assisted by the Bellingham police SWAT team, set up a perimeter around the residence and attempted to contact Bailey as the night wore on. When officers sent a bomb robot into the house to make the initial entry, Bailey spoke with them and then surrendered quietly.
Bailey told authorities that the shooting was accidental, saying that the gun went off when Richardson had thrown it against a wall. However, following an examination of the body by Whatcom County Medical Examiner Gary Goldfogel, Superior Court Commissioner Ed Simmers ruled that Bailey could be held on suspicion of second degree murder and, as a convicted felon, unlawful possession of a firearm. Simmers set bail at $1 million.
Richardson worked for Cash at her plumbing business.