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Police searching for Lion's Lair shooter

Police searching for Lion's Lair shooter

SPOKANE, Wash. - A bouncer at the Lion's Lair was injured after an early-morning shooting Thursday and now Spokane Police are searching for the two suspects involved in the incident.

The shooting happened just before 2 a.m. outside the Lions Lair bar at Browne and Riverside. According to Spokane police, witnesses said the two men were kicked out of the bar earlier in the evening following a fight. 

The men then came back, driving a silver Pontiac Trans Am, and fired multiple rounds at the bar from the sidewalk, targeting the bouncer through the window. At least two rounds hit a window and the bouncer was hit in the leg. He was transported to the hospital for treatment of his injury.

Patrol officers were on the scene in less than two minutes.

"What we found were two bullet holes in [the] front window of the Lion's Lair tavern and one of the employees, a bouncer inside, with a bullet wound to his leg," Spokane Police Lieutenant Dean Sprague said. "Injuries are non-life threatening, he's currently being treated up at the hospital."

The wounded bouncer never lost consciousness and was able to give police a pretty good idea about what had happened.

"The incident apparently stemmed from a confrontation earlier where there were some ejections and hard feelings and one of the subjects involved fired a couple of rounds through the window from the sidewalk," Sprague said.

Now detectives are taking a look at surveillance video from when the two patrons were bounced out for their bad behavior. They also have a very specific description about one of the suspects.

"We do have descriptions of the people who were involved that we're looking for. One is a black male with dreadlocks and white and blue beads woven into them," Sprague said.

The second suspect is Hispanic with a medium build. 

Police are thankful more people were not seriously hurt.

"There were a lot of people who were present, who heard, saw, were in the bar, on the sidewalk and so again the potential for it to have been worse was much greater," Sprague said.

The Lion's Lair will be open for business Thursday night and the owners said they are not going to shy away from ejecting rowdy people if they are bothering other customers.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.