SPOKANE -- It has been a year since a shooting at Hoopfest shook up players and spectators.
Hoopfest officials expect nearly 250,000 people to be in Downtown Spokane over the weekend. Organizers said the record-breaking figures make the stakes much higher. Hoopfest organizers said they are prepared and have increased security by 25%. They are also working closely with Spokane Police to prevent another shooting.
"We have a crisis management plan that we've had in effect for a number of years, so that's no different this year or last year, or the year before that," said Hoopfest Organizer Rick Steltenpohl.
Last June, a teenage gunman wounded three people in a gang-related shooting at Hoopfest. Miguel Garcia plead guilty to assault charges and was sentenced to six years in prison. As people fled, witnesses said the scene was terrifying.
Now visitors feel Hoopfest is safe.
"No matter where you go, you're going to have someone that acts up or does something improper. But I feel like there's a lot of security, police here. If I do what I'm supposed to do, I'll be pretty safe," said Will Young who lives in Spokane Valley.
There are more than 7,000 teams registered to compete at Hoopfest.