CA: Police Seek Two Suspects in Medical Marijuana Dispensary Killings

Bakersfield Police say Aaron Burris is wanted for the murder of two employees at a medical marijuana dispensary on July 17, 2013. (Bakersfield Police Department)

Bakersfield Police say Aaron Burris is wanted for the murder of two employees at a medical marijuana dispensary on July 17, 2013. (Bakersfield Police Department)

BAKERSFIELD, CA — Police are searching for two suspects in last week’s double homicide at the First Reliable medical marijuana collective in Bakersfield, California.

The first suspect is identified as 32 year old Aaron Burris, who police say is a known member of the East Side Crips gang.  Police say Burris pulled the trigger in what is believed to be a robbery attempt at the dispensary.

Burris’ Ford Explorer, which matches the description of an SUV seen leaving the shooting scene, was towed by police Thursday.

Police have issued a $2 million warrant for Burris’ arrest.

Police are also searching for an unidentified woman who was with Burris at the time of the shooting.  She is described as a black woman in her 20′s, 5 feet, 2 inches to 5 feet 3 inches tall, 150 pounds, with a light complexion and black hair pulled into a bun.

Bakersfield Police are seeking information on an unidentified woman in association with a double homicide at a medical marijuana dispensary on July 17, 2013 (Bakersfield Police Department)

Bakersfield Police are seeking information on an unidentified woman in association with a double homicide at a medical marijuana dispensary on July 17, 2013 (Bakersfield Police Department)

Both suspects are considered armed and dangerous.

Two men, identified as Devin Daniels, 23, of Bakersfield, an unarmed security guard at the dispensary, and Tony Sherman, 55, of Los Angeles, who is believed to be the owner of the dispensary, were fatally shot Wednesday morning.

Family members say Daniels, a father of three with a fourth on the way, was shot in the back of the head and

While robbery appears to be the motive behind the killings, ” it was only $20 in cash and some crumbs of weed,” said a witness who works next door to First Reliable.

The killings are believed to be the first homicides to occur at a medical marijuana dispensary in Kern County.

While law enforcement often claim marijuana collectives lead to an increase in crime, Bakersfield attorney Philip Ganong points out that violent crimes are often associated with convenience store and liquor store robberies.

“Violence is a part of American life,” Ganong says.

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