Worker Fatally Shot at Marijuana Shop in Florence; Gunmen Sought

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Police are searching for two people believed to be responsible for the fatal shooting of an employee at a marijuana dispensary in the Florence neighborhood of Los Angeles early Thursday.

Authorities received a shots fired call about 1 a.m. at the dispensary located near the intersection of West 81st Street and South Broadway.

Arriving officers found a man down with at least one gunshot wound, Los Angeles Police Department Commanding Officer Billy Brockway said.

The victim, identified as 32-year-old Joe Anthony Ruiz of Los Angeles, died at the scene, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. Nani Cholakians said.

The victim was an employee of the shop, which Brockway said is not a sanctioned dispensary. “From what I am understanding, it is an illegal cannabis location,” he said.

Investigators are talking to witnesses and reviewing surveillance video but do not know the motive for the shooting.

Two suspects, described only as male, are being sought.

KTLA's Brian Day contributed to this report.

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