BAKERSFIELD - Police say two people are wanted in connection with a double homicide inside a medical marijuana collective. Both are considered armed and dangerous. Officers say the motive for Wednesday's shooting was robbery.
Court records show one of the suspects has served time in prison for assaulting a woman and stealing her purse.
Police are looking for 32-year-old Aaron Burris, a known member of the East Side Crips gang. Officers say he is responsible for shooting and killing 23-year-old Devin Daniels and 55-year-old Tony Sherman.
Police say it happened during a robbery Wednesday inside First Reliable, a medical marijuana dispensary in the 200 block of Chester Avenue in central Bakersfield.
Officers are also looking for an unidentified woman who was with Burris at the time of the shooting.
"My son is gone and to deal with someone who's walking around scott free," said Bridget Daniels, Devin Daniels' mother.
Joe Masinas works in a shop next to the collective. "It was only $20 in cash and some crumbs of weed," said Joe Masinas.
The collective was closed Thursday, but notes and candles were left outside. "I just pulled up and seen all this stuff here and it just brought back memories from yesterday," said Masinas.
On Thursday morning, SWAT officers swarmed a home on Valley Forest Court near the Marketplace in southwest Bakersfield. Officers later blocked off a home on Schull Court near Pacheco Road and South H Street. Officers used bullhorns and called for the people inside to come out.
The family inside the home told 17 News they are related to Burris and he would sometimes stay at the home, but they haven't seen him since Tuesday.
A neighbor told 17 News that Burris usually hung around outside with a man who was taken away Thursday morning in a police car. "Drink, smoke and talk and that was yesterday, all day," she explained.
Police towed away Burris' Ford Explorer, which matches the description of an SUV seen leaving the shooting scene. Police say Burris doesn't live at either of the homes, but investigators conducted a search and collected evidence related to the crimes.
"My son is gone and right now I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to bury my son that you guys have taken from me because I don't have my son no more," said Daniels.
Aaron Burris' last conviction was in 2010 for assault with force, likely to produce great bodily injury. Court records show Burris struck a woman outside the El Pollo Loco on White Lane in south Bakersfield then stole her purse.
At the time, Burris was on parole. He was released from prison to parole in 2011 for that crime. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says Burris was discharged from parole last year.
If you have any information about the suspects or shooting, call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111 or Detective Cox at 326-3514.