HESPERIA Sheriff's deputies are looking for a man shot Sunday afternoon behind an I Avenue liquor store.


Hesperia sheriff's station deputies responded to a report of several shots fired near the intersection of Danbury and I Avenues, a small commercial hub for residents of Hesperia's Mesa neighborhood.


Witnesses told deputies they saw two men approach a man behind Junny's Market, a liquor and convenience store, and fire several times with a handgun. The victim, who had been shot in the right side, then reportedly jumped into the passenger side of a maroon sedan, which then rammed the two suspects. The shooting suspects fled on foot as the sedan drove away.


Deputy Joseph Necochea located and arrested one suspect on Sunday, a 15-year-old juvenile male. The second suspect is still at large.


Also at large: The shooting suspect himself, who has not shown up at area hospitals, according to officials.


The incident took place near a new business that's been controversial with some neighbors: High Desert Compassionate Collective, a medical marijuana dispensary.


"No business was robbed, but we do believe that the suspects did go into (a nearby) pizza place several times," Sue Rose, the spokeswoman for the Hesperia sheriff's station, said Monday. "We don't know if they were casing the pizza place or waiting for someone to come out of the marijuana dispensary or go into it. We don't know."


The criminals are to blame for the violence, not any businesses in the area, according to A. J. Shaw, CEO of the marijuana dispensary.


"(Sheriff's department officials) claim that the guys were scoping us out for a week, but who really knows?" Shaw said Monday. "Regardless if we were here or not, they still attacked someone. They weren't just not going to rob someone because we weren't here."


The juvenile suspect was booked at the Apple Valley Juvenile Detention Facility for attempted murder.


The sheriff's department is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Detective Paul Bader at (760) 947-1500.


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