SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Knitting Factory held its first concert Tuesday since being shut down by police following a nearby gang-related shooting.
Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub initially ordered the concert hall to close for 20 days. Straub reversed his decision a few days later after police and the hall’s owners figured out a better safety plan.
Police responded to four shootings outside of the venue in the past year. The most recent shooting happened in a nearby parking lot during the early morning hours of February 18.
Officers arrived 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 and Nora. Nearly 20 officers rushed to that scene and found two more men had been shot in the area. None of the injuries was life threatening.
Only one concert was cancelled.
Fans who arrived at the venue for Tuesday night’s concert said they were happy with Straub’s decision, and did not feel unsafe.
The Knitting Factory has several other shows this week. One of their upcoming shows is sold out.