PALMDALE – A 34-year-old security guard was shot multiple times Wednesday night during a robbery attempt at a possible marijuana dispensary in an unincorporated area near Palmdale, authorities said.
The shootout happened around 7:17 p.m. near the Alpine Springs trailer park at 36153 Sierra Highway. Arcenio Tavares is in stable condition after being shot multiple times by a gunman in a dark hoodie with a bandana over his face, according to a press release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. Read it below:
On November 27, 2013 (Wednesday) at approximately 7:17 PM, personnel from Palmdale Sheriff’s Station responded to a report of shots fired near Sierra Highway and Barrel Springs Road.
The preliminary facts of this investigation indicate victim [Arcenio] Tavares was working as a security guard at the Cactus Green Collective when he spotted three males wearing dark hoodies with bandanas over their faces approaching with guns in their hands.
The victim drew his handgun, but was shot multiple times by one of the suspects. Despite being hit by the bullets, the victim returned fire and the suspects ran off on foot.
The victim was transported to the hospital where he was treated and is listed in stable condition. It is not known if any of the suspects were his by the gunfire.
This incident remains under investigation by the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Detective Bureau.
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story had an incorrect age for the victim. Arcenio Tavares is actually 34 years old.