Victims were from Skagit County, investigation is ongoing

  LYNDEN ­— Police officers responded at about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, to a reported shooting in City Park, and the investigation is ongoing, new Lynden Police Chief Steve Taylor said in a press release early Thursday.

  The gunshot victim, with a wound to his right biceps area, was taken by ambulance to a Bellingham hospital and then transferred to Harborview Hospital in Seattle.

Taylor followed up to say that the three individuals who came to the park, two males and one female, were all from Skagit County. “We have been unable thus far to speak to the shooting victim due to necessary medical treatments, but expect to be able to speak with him at some point and hope to learn additional details that will aid in the investigation,” he said.

  No arrests were announced Thursday.

  This was the sequence of events given by Taylor:   

  Two individuals told responding officers they had driven to Lynden City Park, 8460 Depot Rd., with another man to meet a friend of theirs. Shortly after their arrival at the park, they were approached by two masked men, at least one of whom was armed with a firearm. The masked men began to steal items from the vehicle, at which point the victims ran from the vehicle to escape the assailants. Both reporting individuals said they heard a gunshot as they ran, and then heard their companion yell for them to come back to help him. Upon returning to the vehicle, they saw that their companion had been shot.

  The two then drove their injured friend out of the park, while one of them called 911. The driver, unfamiliar with Lynden, first spotted the Lynden Fire Station on FourthStreet and pulled in there to get help. Lynden firefighters summoned police to the scene, and the gunshot victim was taken by ambulance to Bellingham hospital.

  Lynden was assisted at the scene by the city fire department, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol.