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Prosecutor declines to file charge in downtown Bellingham drive-by shooting incident

Whatcom County Courthouse (July 29, 2016). Whatcom News file photo
Whatcom County Courthouse (July 29, 2016). Whatcom News file photo

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Whatcom County Superior Court records indicate that no charges were filed against Lucas William Galan following a shooting incident in downtown Bellingham that led to his and another suspect’s arrest.

Bellingham Police arrested 2 20-year-old men Sunday, November 6th, and charged them with suspicion of drive-by shooting and other charges after officers investigated shots fired in the downtown area.

The next day, Bellingham Police Department Lieutenant Claudia Murphy told Whatcom News they had not been contacted by any victims and there was no property damage reported as a result of the shooting. Murphy added they were “looking for anyone who heard/saw the shots being fired, including those at whom they may have been directed.”

Galan had been released from custody on November 7th after posting a $25,000 bond. The bond was exonerated after prosecutors declined to file charges.

The other suspect, Samuel Vasquez-Ventura, still faces an unlawful possession of a firearm charge, a felony. He was released from custody on November 8th after posting $1,500 cash bond.

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