Cash and drugs have long drawn robbers to L.A.'s many medical marijuana dispensaries. But the bad guys also face a huge deterrent: Security guards. With guns.
Police say an alleged robber found that out the hard way today when he was fatally struck during a possible shootout with security at a dispensary near LAX. The shooting was reported at 12:18 p.m. at Nature's Cure Inc., 5800 W. Century Blvd., LAPD Officer Liliana Preciado told us.
One other person was injured, she said:
A female bystander fell during the commotion and hit her head, Preciado said.
The alleged robber was shot in the abdomen, she said. He was declared dead at the scene.
"It was a robbery gone wrong," Preciado said. "Two suspects entered the marijuana dispensary and engaged the security guard, who returned fire, hitting one suspect."
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The suspect who was not hit by gunfire was still on the loose, she said.
Century Boulevard in the area was closed as detectives investigated the shooting.
The security guard, Preciado said, has not been arrested.