PD: 1 shot at Tempe medical marijuana co-op Top Shelf Med

TEMPE, AZ - 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 Top Shelf Med 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 Top Shelf Med, formerly 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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