Spokane police respond to 3 shootings in less than 30 minutes

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by BREANNA ROY, HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 6:31 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 21 at 6:13 PM

SPOKANE -- The sound of gunshots kept Spokane police busy early Monday morning.  Officers responded to three shooting calls within 24 minutes. 

It started shortly after 1:45 a.m. in the area of Morton and North Maple of reports of several gunshots between two groups.  When officers arrived, they were unable to find any victims or evidence.

The next shooting happened at the Knitting Factory in downtown Spokane.  Police were already responding to a fight at 2 a.m. when they heard at least one gunshot in the area.  Police said there was a huge crowd outside and everyone scattered after the sound of the gun.  It appears no one was hurt and no shooters have been identified.

Officers stopped people in two cars they thought could have been involved in the shooting, but determined they were not.  The only evidence they have at this time is a shell casing.

Spokane police said the Knitting Factory has held a party on Martin Luther King Junior weekend for years.  The said for years, it has been a problem.  They said typically it is fist fights.

The third call of shots fired came around 2:10 a.m.  Officers responded to a shooting call in the 1700 block of Maple.  When officers arrived, they found the victim of a physical assault.  There was no evidence of a shooting.

The Spokane Gang Unit is investigating these cases.

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