A drug-related armed robbery that turned violent Wednesday in a Santa Ana high-rise apartment building left three men hospitalized, police said.
Police were sent about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday to the south tower of the Essex Skyline complex at 15 MacArthur Place in response to a call reporting a shooting in progress, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
Officers found one man in a parking structure with bullet wounds to the upper body, another man in a lobby with gunshot wounds to the upper and lower body, and a third man who suffered a graze wound and a blow to the head in a 15th floor apartment, Bertagna said.
The shootings were the result of a suspected robbery during a marijuana transaction in the 15th floor apartment, where police subsequently served a search warrant and seized marijuana, money and two guns from the unit, Bertagna said.
The resident of the 15th floor apartment, a 27-year-old man who remains hospitalized, had not been booked or arrested as of the noon hour Thursday, Bertagna said.
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The two other men, 19 and 25 years old, were under arrest in a hospital, he said.
All three men are expected to survive, Bertagna said. Their names were withheld.
The 25-story building was evacuated while police searched for a shooter or additional victims.
The image of a bloodied man lying on the ground floor of the building while being treated by paramedics was shared with NBCLA by a resident.
NBC4's Heather Navarro and Hetty Chang contributed to this report.