As police processed the crime scene along Pacific Avenue on Bellingham’s east side, people in this typical, middle-class neighborhood processed the brazen brutality of the crime itself.
“It baffles me,” said Dona Mahmudian. “It blows me out of the water.”
“Unbelievable. Just unbelievable,” added neighbor Laurie Sutherland.
At 9 a.m., a woman in her mid 20's answered a knock at her front door and was met by a masked man with a gun. He pulled the trigger, shooting her point blank in the chest.
“To just come to the door and shoot you without any questions or anything...it just makes us worry a lot,” said neighbor Davis Mahmudian.
Despite being shot, the victim was able to call 911 and even speak briefly with police on her way to the hospital. She was last listed in satisfactory condition.
About an hour after the incident, police announced a person of interest in the case. That young man was picked up at his workplace, Mount Baker Products, and questioned for hours. Police now tell us he is not a suspect in the shooting. The triggerman remains on the loose.
Back in the neighborhood, people can't help but think about how close they came to an armed man more than willing to open fire.
“If he did this now, who's to say it's not going to happen again?” wondered Dona Mahmudian aloud.
The victim lives in the townhome with a male roommate who was home at the time of the shooting, and is not considered a suspect. Neighbors say the two are quiet and keep to themselves.
Police are still looking for the shooter.