Police: Spurned buyers chase, fire shots at man who advertised medical marijuana on Craigslist

Victim had second thoughts because of buyer's age

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. - Wheat Ridge police are searching for a gunman who fired several shots at a man who initially agreed to sell some marijuana, but then had second thoughts.

Police Department spokesman John Romero told 7NEWS that the victim posted an ad on Craigslist.

“The ad said, ‘Free Delivery, Free Medical Marijuana with Donations,’” Romero said.

He said the parties agreed to meet at a Circle K at West 38th and Kipling just before 11 p.m. on Friday, May 9.

“The victim said he thought (the two buyers) were too young, so he had second thoughts,” Romero said, adding that when the victim drove off, the shunned buyers gave chase.

Both cars sped west on 38th Avenue to Youngfield Street, and then north to 44th, and then east toward Tabor.

Romero said that’s where one of the men in the chase car fired several shots, shattering the victim’s back window and leaving a bullet hole on his driver’s side door.

The victim pulled into a nearby truck stop and the suspect took off.

“We didn’t see the shooting, but we did see the car,” the Truck Stop’s manager told 7NEWS. “You could see the bullet holes.”

“The danger was two-fold in this situation,” Romero said. “Not only was a reckless car chase going on, but you have someone that was shooting.”

Police say the victim was not injured. They aren’t releasing his name because the case is still under investigation. Romero said the seller shouldn’t have advertised on Craigslist because it’s against the law.

When asked if the victim will face charges, Romero said, “We want to get the shooter first.”

Romero said investigators don’t know yet if the suspects tried to steal the marijuana.

“That’s why we want to talk to them,” he said.

On Thursday, police released a grainy photograph of the suspects’ grey SUV, which was caught on a security camera.

“It appeared to be a Chevy Trailblazer,” Romero said.

Police also released photographs of one of the suspects.  Romero said the individual, shown wearing a red jacket with three white stripes on each arm and a black cap, was photographed by a security camera as he entered a store.

Police are asking for help identifying him.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 in this case. Callers can remain anonymous. Text to: 274637 (CRIMES) then title DMCS & enter your message. Or call 720.913.STOP (7867).

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