SHORELINE, Wash. — Terrifying security video showed the moment two robbers burst into a Shoreline pot shop and shot a store worker six times. Amazingly the victim survived to tell about it.
The shooting happened on Jan. 5, 2022.
With less than an hour left until closing time at Dockside Cannabis in Shoreline, security video caught Huckleberry Kidd’s epic struggle for survival.
“As soon as (the robber) drew the gun, it was complete tunnel vision,” Kidd recalled. “I couldn’t focus on anything else.”
According to surveillance video, each robber had only been inside Kidd’s store for less than a minute.
Yet in that time, he paid dearly.
“As soon as I let go of the gun, (one of the robbers and I) went back to back for a second, but then he turns around and shoots me a few more times,” Kidd told KIRO 7 News.
Kidd was shot not once or twice, but six times.
The robbers bolted from the store, as Kidd limped to the back room.
It’s then that he called a person close to him: his girlfriend.
“At that point I was kind of in hysterics,” he admitted. “I was crying, saying ‘I got shot, I got shot. I love you.’”
Paramedics were on the scene in a matter of minutes.
What followed was a month in a hospital bed for this shooting survivor.
“(One of the bullets) went through the tip of my liver, my intestinal track, and doctors had to cut me open to do surgery for that,” Kidd recalled.
To keep other pot shop workers from experiencing similar trauma, lawmakers are vowing to get tough against pot shop robbers.
They’re currently considering Senate Bill 5927, which would add a year of prison for anyone convicted of robbing a pot shop.
Yet for those who’ve been victimized, plenty more still needs to be done.
“If banks could take our money, than that would solve most of the problem,” Kidd insisted.
Given that marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, all transactions at pot shops must be done in cash.
The result? Tons of cash are inside pot shops, making them attractive to violent criminals.
“It’s only a matter of time before they kill somebody,” Kidd noted. “It doesn’t need to get farther than me getting shot six times.”
The search is still on to identify and arrest the people who shot Kidd.
If you know anything about this case, give Shoreline Police a call at (206) 801-2710.
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