‘Overwhelmingly safe place to be’: Man still on run after Riverfront Park shooting

SPOKANE, Wash. — A man accused of firing into a crowd in Riverfront Park is still on the run. Luckily, no one in the crowd was hit by the gunfire.

Spokane Police say two cars pulled up alongside a curb. Those two separate drivers, a man and a woman, got out and began to argue. Witnesses say the man hit the woman.

Officers say witnesses at Riverfront Park yelled at them to stop fighting. While they called police, the man shot a round toward them.

SPD believes the two people were involved in a robbery at a business on 3rd avenue before the Riverfront Park shooing.

Jacquelyn Edwards has spent more time downtown over the last couple of weeks and says for the most part she feels pretty safe. However, she has concerns about what could go wrong.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen next because we have this interesting place we live in, right,” she said.

SPD says as of the end of July there have been a total of 92 shootings. Last year, there were a total of 151.

“I sit up in my bed sometimes and or lay on the floor where my windows higher and I just try to get into a position where I feel like if it came through it wasn’t going to hit me. I have that fear,” Edwards said.

Edwards lives on Indian Trail and hasn’t had any problems.

The Downtown Spokane Partnership says downtown is everyone’s neighborhood.

“The good news is that downtown is an overwhelmingly safe place to be we are continuing to see as new businesses continue to open, and the excitement and the activities and events return to downtown. It’s a place where people can come and experience all of the excitement,” Downtown Spokane Partnership CEO and president  Emily Cameron said.

Cameron says we have to make sure that every corner in Spokane is a safe place by giving needed resources to police officers. She says safety requires commitment and investments.

“It means eyes and ears on the streets. It’s making sure that we have the resources, and that we’re investing them in ways that are keeping our citizens safe,” Cameron said.

DSP has ambassadors walking the streets of downtown seven days a week acting as eyes and ears.

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