SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Spokane police chief ordered the Knitting Factory to close on Monday morning. Police have responded to four shootings at the venue in the past year. The most recent shooting was early Monday morning.
Chief Frank Straub said he will not tolerate these acts of violence. He told KREM 2 News that he is closing the concert venue because of public safety concerns. Straub said that crime in downtown has declined 10 percent, but that the Knitting Factory is a constant problem.
Knitting Factory managers have 20 days to appeal the Straub’s decision to close their venue.
A shooting outside of the Knitting Factory on Monday left two people injured. Officers said neither victim was critically hurt.
Police arrived on the scene just after 2 a.m. Investigators said a private party was underway inside the club at the time of the shooting. Officers shut down Sprague Avenue between Post and Lincoln during the investigation.
About 30 minutes later, authorities got a call of a second shooting and a vehicle “peeling out” near Maple Avenue and Nora Avenue. Nearly 20 officers rushed to that scene and found two more men had been shot in the area. Both victims are expected to be okay but were taken to the hospital for their injuries.
Investigators said the shootings are connected and gang related. So far, no arrests have been made but officers said they have identified the involved parties. However, anyone with information regarding the shootings is urged to call Crime Stoppers 800-222-TIPS.