Robbers escape after shooting at South Bay pot shop

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Paramedics wheel a victim out of a marijuana dispensary after thieves attacked two people inside.

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Police Tuesday were searching for a group of robbers who ambushed two men inside a Chula Vista marijuana dispensary, shooting one and leaving the other badly hurt.

Officers responded shortly after 10:35 p.m. Monday to investigate a report of gunfire near Third Avenue and Palomar Street, according to the Chula Vista Police Department.

"We're hoping this doesn't happen again anytime soon," said a witness. "We don't want this to be a regular occurrence in the area."

When officers arrived, they found that multiple thieves had made their way inside a marijuana dispensary in the 300 block of Palomar Street, where they had robbed a man at gunpoint and assaulted an employee, Lt. Scott Adkins said.

Officers found one man inside with serious head injuries and another suffering from a gunshot wound, Adkins said.

Both victims, whose ages were not available, were taken to a hospital for treatment of their injuries, which were not believed to be life- threatening, the lieutenant said.

No suspect descriptions were available.

Anyone with information about the robbery was asked to call Chula Vista police at 619-691-5151.

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