Police promptly closed one of Spokane’s premiere concert venues, The Knitting Factory, early morning on Monday, February 18 due to a shooting.
Four people were shot, none with life threatening injuries. Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub ordered the closing due to public safety concerns, with this being the fourth shooting near the venue within the past year.
Although the shooting was at a nearby parking lot and not at the venue itself, Spokane police said there had been an “excessive” amount of police and medical calls at the venue. Within hours of the announcement, Knitting Factory leaders cancelled a concert scheduled for Friday, February 22.
The Knitting Factory management will have 20 days to appeal the decision. A Facebook group has been created called “Keep the Knitting Factory Open” to protest the decision.