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Security Guard Wounded in Gunfire Exchange During Robbery at Hyde Park Pot Dispensary

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A security guard was shot and wounded during a robbery at a medical marijuana dispensary in Hyde Park on Sunday, March 8, 2015, police said. (Credit: Google Maps)

A security guard was critically wounded in an exchange of gunfire with three robbers Sunday night at a medical marijuana dispensary in Hyde Park, authorities said.

The culprits entered the business in the 3300 block of West 54th Street (map) about 7:20 p.m., said Sgt. Robert Grant of the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Division.

Gunfire broke out when they attempted to rob the business, Grant said.

Multiple shots were fired by the robbers and security guard, who shot back in an attempt to defend himself, according to police.

The robbers, whom police believe are gang member, fled through the front door of the dispensary.

The guard, who was struck by gunfire, was transported to a hospital in critical condition. He was later listed as stable, Grant said.

Police were following up on a promising lead in the investigation, the sergeant said.