Employee shot at Arizona medical marijuana dispensary

Police are looking for multiple suspects who shot an employee at a medical marijuana dispensary in Tempe on Thursday night. Tempe Police say a group ranging from three to six men entered the AzGoGreen Co-op near Southern Avenue and College Avenue around 7 p.m. and confronted an employee.

The suspects hit and then shot the employee and fled on foot. Officials say the victim, described as a male in his 30s, has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Lt. Mike Horn says police are still investigating the suspects’ motives and it does not appear they removed any property.

Horn says the business opened recently and is the subject of a police and Drug Enforcement Administration investigation. Horn says police believe the business is operating outside of Arizona’s voter-approved medical marijuana law.

Police said one person was taken to the hospital Thursday night after being shot at a medical marijuana Co-op in Tempe. Police spokeswoman Molly Enright said the shooting happened at the AZ Go Green Co-Op near Southern Avenue and Rural Road around 7:20 p.m. Enright said multiple suspects entered the Co-op, confronted a store employee, hit the employee and then shot him.

Police said the suspects fled on foot before officers arrived. They are described as black males; and one of the suspects is described as being in his early 20s with a thin build. Enright said the intentions of the shooting suspects are unknown. There did not appear to be any property removed from the business. The victim was treated by Tempe firefighters and was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Enright said police are still searching for at least three suspects, but there could be as many as six involved. Officers told ABC15 AZ Go Green has a history with police. The business has been the subject of a joint investigation by Tempe police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Police believe the business has been operating outside the medical marijuana legislation that was passed by Arizona voters. Enright said the investigation remains active and ongoing.

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