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One dead, security guard wounded following shootout at North Park pot dispensary

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Are pot dispensaries around the county a potential hot spot for crime?

Opponents of such facilities in San Diego may believe a little more so following Friday's deadly shooting at a North Park dispensary.

According to a report from The Union-Tribune, an armed security guard was wounded and a robber was killed inside the business following a holdup just after noon in the 3800 block of Ray Street close to North Park Way. Police reported that the shop did not have a city permit, meaning it was operating illegally at the time.

Authorities say the other of the two robbery suspects, a black male in his 20's, approximately 6' tall and wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, fled the shop. As of Friday afternoon, his whereabouts was unknown.

Security guard in stable condition

Meantime, the wounded security guard was reported to be in stable condition following surgery to repair several wounds suffered in the gun battle.

According to at least one witness outside the shop, the second suspect jumped into a white sedan and left the scene.

Pot dispensaries around San Diego

In an interesting twist to the timing of this shooting, Thursday (April 24) was the first day that individuals wanting to open and run marijuana dispensaries in San Diego were allowed to apply for a necessary conditional use permit.

Without the conditional use permits (good for five years), any shops currently open would be considered illegal.

According to the city's ordinance, such shops must not be located within 1,000 feet of public parks, churches, child care centers, playgrounds, residential care facilities, schools and other dispensaries. They also are forbidden from being within 100 feet of residential zones.

Given Friday's events in North Park, do you expect there to be more violence in and around pot dispensaries in San Diego?

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