WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (CBS4)– Police in Wheat Ridge are searching for a gunman wanted for firing shots at a man trying to sell medical marijuana.
The victim told police he advertises the sale of medical marijuana on Craigslist. It was during one of these sales on May 9 just before 11 p.m. that the victim was targeted.
He told police an argument began at the Circle K convenience store on 38th and Kipling and then the suspect chased the victim to W. 38th Avenue to Youngfield then east on W. 44th Avenue.
It was near Tabor Street the suspect fired several rounds at the victim’s vehicle. Those bullets went through the back window and driver’s door. The victim was not hurt and pulled into the TA truck stop while the suspect drove away.
“There’s always going to be your drug dealers. People are still dealing it illegally. That’s nothing new, and we’re going to continue to see it. The Craigslist aspect, that is new,” said Wheat Ridge police spokesman John Romero said.
Mike Elliott, who represents The Marijuana Industry Group, said there’s a price war going on between the black market and the regulated legal marijuana industry in Colorado and that time will eventually diminish the hunger for illegal sales.
Elliott says going to a licensed pot shop is a “much better alternative than throwing the dice with somebody that you don’t know that you meet on Craigslist.”
“It’s not worth it when there’s legal channels. There’s no reason to go through illegal channels and get yourself in a lot of trouble,” Romero said.
The gunman in the case could face attempted murder charges.
Anyone with information regarding this crime or recognizes the suspect in the picture is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter your message or send an e-mail to metro-denvercrimestoppers.com. If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash reward up to $2,000.