SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Knitting Factory is back in business effective immediately.
Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub announced the development at a press conference Thursday morning, three days after declaring a 20-day shutdown for the venue because of a double shooting over the weekend.
Chief Straub says the police department and The Knitting Factory CEO Greg Marchant came to an agreement hours before the announcement. They agreed to amp up communication, take proactive action and practice preventative policing. Both parties will share security information with each other. Chief Straub complimented The Knitting Factory’s security, but acknowledged problems tend to happen when events shut down. They hope the new policies will any additional violent crimes.
Mayor David Condon called this a new day and a new partnership. He says the top priority is to make everyone feel safe.
Friday’s show remains cancelled. The Knitting Factory’s 90 employees will return to work after this week.
This was the fourth shooting at the venue in the last year.