One dead after shooting in downtown Spokane early Saturday, third gunshot report of the night

<p><p>One person is dead after a shooting in downtown Spokane early Saturday morning, and police say they’re investigating two other gunshot incidents that happened just hours earlier. </p></p><p><p>The fatal shooting happened around 12:15 a.m., when two Spokane Police Department officers were on bar patrol downtown and heard gunshots, a Spokane police news release said. </p></p><p><p>A man was lying on the east sidewalk of Washington Street just south of Riverside Avenue with multiple gunshot wounds, officers said.</p></p><p><p>A “very large crowd” had gathered, police said, and one person was trying to save the man until an officer took over rendering medical aid. Still, the man eventually died at a hospital, according to the release.</p></p><p><p>Some 30 officers responded to control the crowd and investigate the killing.</p></p><p><p>Someone was also <a href=”” target=”_blank”>shot in downtown Spokane early last month</a>, and a <a href=”” target=”_blank”>former Shadle Park High School star athlete was killed</a> earlier this summer in a shooting only about a block away from Saturday’s.</p></p><p><p>While Saturday’s was the only incident of the weekend with a known victim, it wasn’t the only one that kept officers busy Friday night into Saturday.</p></p><p><p>The release said officers already had responded to two gunshot reports by that point in the night.</p></p><p><p>The first was shortly after 9 p.m. in northeast Spokane near Fiske Street and Ermina Avenue.</p></p><p><p>In that incident, officers said someone reported hearing four gunshots and seeing a black sedan westbound on Ermina. When police arrived , they found multiple 9mm shell casings in the street, but no suspect.</p></p><p><p>Just minutes later, around 9:25 p.m., officers were dispatched to a gunshots call reported on the 3300 block of North Altamont Street. Officers found multiple shell casings of different calibers in a grassy area just south of of Stone Street and Liberty Avenue, they said.</p></p><p><p>Officers obtained footage showing four males, three of whom were armed with guns, shooting into the air and running south through an apartment complex, according to the release.</p></p><p><p>No one was injured in that incident.</p></p><p><p>Meanwhile, someone also reported hearing multiple gunshots near Andrew Rypien Field around the same time, but officers said they found no evidence of a shooting there.</p></p><p><p>Officers have not disclosed whether any of the incidents are believed to be linked. A <a href=”” target=”_blank”>string of drive-by shootings last month appeared to be unrelated</a>, officers have said.</p></p><p><p>Police say anyone with information on the incidents – especially the fatal shooting – should call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.</p></p>