Suspect sought in Custer teen's assault

Published on Wed, Jun 18, 2014
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A Custer teenager was injured last week after another boy pistol-whipped him during a fight at a graduation party in Deming.

The fight broke out around 10 p.m. on June 7. The teens were part of a group that had assembled in a gravel pit off North Fork Road in Deming for a party. 

The 18-year-old received a serious cut to his head when his assailant, also 18, struck him with a loaded handgun, causing a round to discharge. The assailant then fled the scene. It is unknown at this time what the fight was about. 

The victim was taken to the Nooksack River Casino to meet with an ambulance. Initial witnesses believed the gunshot to have caused the wound to the victim’s head, but inspection by EMTs at the scene confirmed the injury was from the blunt force of the pistol and not a bullet.

Whatcom County Sherriff’s Office deputies are attempting to follow up with a suspect but have had difficulty tracking him down. The gunman could be facing charges of first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. 

Anyone with any information should contact the Whatcom County Sheriff’s office at 360/715-7459.