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Man slain at Hollywood pot store -- 2nd killing of the day at marijuana dispensary [Updated]

June 24, 2010 | 10:42 pm
An employee was slain Thursday night during a robbery attempt at a Hollywood medical marijuana dispensary -- the second killing of the day at a city marijuana store.

The shooting occurred about 9:15 p.m. at the Hollywood Holistic store in the 1600 block of North El Centro Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Me.pot-photo

Earlier in the day, a worker at a medical marijuana dispensary in Echo Park was killed and another was wounded in an apparent robbery, police said.

An unknown number of suspects stormed into the Higher Patch Holistic Care store at 1302 Sunset Blvd. shortly before 4:15 p.m. and shots were fired, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

The shootings come as Los Angeles officials have tried to regulate hundreds of marijuana stores that have popped up amid California's dispensary boom.

[Updated at 10:52 p.m.: The victim at the Hollywood store was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.]

-- Robert J. Lopez and Andrew Blankstein

Photo: Police gather evidence at Echo Park shooting scene. Credit: John W. Adkisson / Los Angeles Times