An employee at an illegal Chula Vista marijuana dispensary shot one of four or more robbers Thursday and police are still looking for suspects who escaped.
One suspected robber took his wounded companion to a hospital and both were arrested, police said.
The employees, who first didn’t open their door to officers after the robbery, finally did and told them about the hold-up, police Lt. Kenny Heinz said on Friday. The three workers were detained for questioning at police headquarters, then released.
Investigators have been piecing together the events at the Chula Vista Clinic Medical Marijuana Dispensary on Third Avenue near Emerson Street.
Shortly before 3 a.m., staff at a hospital called police and said a 20-year-old man had been brought in with two gunshot wounds. The companion who brought him, also age 20, there was evasive about what happened, Heinz said.
But officers were directed toward the dispensary and found the sidewalk and a nearby parking lot littered with broken jars of medical marijuana and other products.
Heinz said it took a while for employees inside the dispensary to open up to police. They said four or more robbers with guns had come in and stolen the drugs, then left in three vehicles.
Investigators got a search warrant to enter the dispensary later in the afternoon. Heinz said they are still gathering surveillance video from the shop, and others along Third Avenue, to try to learn who the escaped robbers are.
The wounded man was transferred to a trauma center and is expected to survive, Heinz said.
“He’s lucky to be alive,” Heinz said.
That man and the one who took him to the hospital were taken into custody on suspicion of armed robbery.
THe dispensary was operating illegally, without a city business license. Heinz said the city