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Marijuana dispensary owner shoots would-be robbers, authorities say

Two men who attempted to rob a medical marijuana dispensary in Walnut Park on Tuesday night are in critical condition after the business owner pulled out a gun and shot them, authorities said.

Two men who attempted to rob a marijuana dispensary in Walnut Park on Tuesday night are in critical condition after the business owner pulled out a gun and shot them, authorities said.

Just before 11 p.m., the men walked into the dispensary in the 2400 block of Florence Avenue and at least one of them had a gun, said Sgt. Angela Kepley of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Century station.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Crime Lab investigators gather bags of evidence at a pot dispensary in Walnut Park where one of the store owners shot and critically wounded two men attempting to rob the store.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Crime Lab investigators gather bags of evidence at a pot dispensary in Walnut Park where one of the store owners shot and critically wounded two men attempting to rob the store. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

The owner told KCBS-TV that he saw the men with assault rifles on a security camera and armed himself.

The man was uninjured and the two would-be robbers are listed in critical condition, Kepley said. The men will be taken into custody if they're released from the hospital, she said. The investigation is ongoing.

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