Deputies hunt for 3 suspects after shooting, robbery at South Seattle pot shop

King County Sheriff's deputies are searching for three suspects after a shooting and attempted robbery at a South Seattle pot shop Tuesday night. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - King County sheriff's deputies are searching for at least three suspects after a shooting and robbery at a South Seattle pot shop Tuesday night.

Deputies were called to the Star 21 Marijuana Shop near 1st Avenue South and S. 110th Street around 9:45 p.m. after receiving reports that an employee was shot in the shoulder. Witnesses said at least three suspects then fled the scene.

The 25-year-old store employee told investigators that he saw lights and heard loud banging near the front door so he opened the door to see what it was. He then saw a vehicle rapidly backing into the barriers placed in front of the store, said Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office.

A group of men, wearing masks, got out of the car and ran towards the employee at the front door. The employee tried to close the door, but the men forced their way inside the store, West said.

One of the suspects shot the employee in the shoulder as they entered the store.

Once inside the store the suspects rummaged through the store and took items before fleeing north in the vehicle, West said.

King County's Guardian One helicopter and K-9 teams were called in to help search for the suspects, but no one was found.

A short time later a deputy found the vehicle unoccupied near South 110th Street and Occidental Avenue South. The vehicle had been reported stolen by three men in an armed carjacking in SeaTac on Monday.

The injured store employee was taken to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries. He is expected to survive.

Anyone with information about the carjacking, shooting or robbery is urged to contact the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311. Callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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