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Police chase shooting reports

Tue., Jan. 22, 2013

Callers claim three incidents in 30 minutes

The Spokane Police Department responded to reports of shots fired at three locations within 30 minutes early Monday morning.

The first call sent police to the corner of Morton Street and North Avenue in northeast Spokane at 1:47 a.m. to investigate reports of two groups shooting at each other.

No victims or evidence was found when officers arrived. Two suspects ran from the area, and one suspect, driving a stolen truck, was later involved in a collision with a Liberty Lake Police Department cruiser, according to Spokane police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe. The suspect then fled and remains at large.

Liberty Lake police declined to comment.

As Spokane police investigated the scene, a call came in just before 2 a.m. of shots fired at the Knitting Factory nightclub in downtown Spokane.

Multiple officers responded but did not find any victims or suspects outside the concert venue at 919 W. Sprague Ave.

While observing the large crowd outside the Knitting Factory, officers heard shots fired on the other side of the building at 2:14 a.m. Two cars speeding from the scene were stopped, but police made no arrests and have no victims or suspects. They recovered bullet casings, however, and broke up several fights.

Spokane police also responded to a report of a shooting in the 1700 block of North Maple Street at 2:11 a.m. One person had been assaulted at that location, but there was no evidence of a shooting. No arrests were made.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.


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