Knitting Factory Closed After Nearby Shootings

By Paige Browning

The Knitting Factory music venue in Spokane has locked up its doors by order of the Spokane Police Chief.

Chief Frank Straub closed the downtown venue Monday after a fight at the club lead to two shootings early Monday morning.  Straub says violence has become a regular occurrence at The Knitting Factory.  He says the venue has 20 days to appeal the decision.

Four people were injured in the shootings, though none have life-threatening wounds.  Police believe the incidents were probably gang related and have identified - but not arrested - people involved.
Authorities say the incidents began from an argument at a private party at the Knitting Factory on First Avenue.  A shooting in a nearby parking lot happened at about 2:00 a.m. Thirty minutes later, another shooting happened at the intersection of Nora and Maple avenues.  About twenty officers surrounded the area to investigate.

Chief Straub says despite the shootings, overall crime in the downtown area is down about 10% since the beginning of the year.
The Knitting Factory has two events planned this week, including a concert on Saturday featuring local bands The Camaros and Storm Normandy.

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