Today a shooting/attack on a dispensary happened in Arizona….. We are so saddened to hear the news and we will be keeping positive thoughts for the injured budtender, friends, co-workers, family and patients of Top Shelf Meds!!
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Police on Friday were looking for multiple suspects who shot and critically wounded an employee at an unlicensed medical marijuana dispensary in Tempe the night before.
A group of three to six men entered the Top Shelf Med store near Southern Avenue and College Avenue around 7 p.m. Thursday and confronted the worker, authorities said. The business was formerly known as AzGoGreen Co-op.
The suspects hit and then shot the employee and fled.
Officials say the victim, described as a man in his 30s, remained hospitalized Friday with life-threatening injuries. His name was not released.
Police are still investigating the suspects’ motives and it does not appear they removed any property, Lt. Mike Horn said.
The business operates to some degree as a medical marijuana co-op, Lt. Jeffrey Glover said Friday. Tempe detectives helped with a federal Drug Enforcement Administration investigation into marijuana distribution at the business about a year ago and recently started their own probe of the business, which is ongoing, Glover said.
The city is zoned for two dispensaries when the state eventually issues it licenses, Glover said.
The shooting is believed to be the first in Tempe involving an apparent medical marijuana co-op, and it has heightened police concerns about the safety of such venues, Glover said.
He pointed to incidents in California where dispensary customers were robbed or assaulted.