TACOMA, Wash. - Police are searching for several suspects who drove a car through a pot shop, stormed inside and filled their bags with merchandise early Friday morning. Authorities say the suspects were armed and exchanged gunfire with a security guard during the robbery.
According to the Tacoma Police Department (TPD), the robbery happened at around 2:26 a.m. at a cannabis store near the corner of S Tacoma Way and Pacific Ave.
Authorities say three cars pulled up to the building’s parking lot, and one of them drove straight through the front doors. Then multiple suspects raced inside, throwing merchandise into bags and backpacks they brought to the scene.
The TPD says the security guard, who was right outside the business, exchanged gunfire with the suspects. It is believed that one suspect was shot. The security guard was uninjured.
Authorities say no suspects were found in the area. The two cars they left at the scene were both stolen.
"We’ve alerted hospitals someone might show up with a gunshot wound but in the possibility that they decide not to seek medical treatment for their injury because they don’t want to be arrested. We want to remind people that these wounds can be very dangerous we don’t want anyone dying because of a bad choice," said Wendy Haddow, the public information officer for Tacoma PD.
If you have any information, you can send an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or by submitting it through the P3 Tips app.
This is a developing story.