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.
The two other men, 19 and 25 years old, were under arrest in a hospital, he said.
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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.