Drugs may have been the focus of a conflict that led to a man being shot at his Smith Street Rear home late Sunday night. Attleboro police say they found illegal drugs, marijuana plants and more than $24,000 in cash at the home of shooting victim Michael Briggs. He is in stable condition at Rhode Island Hospital, police say. A search for the shooting suspects is ongoing, and police are following "several leads," according to a press release from the Attleboro department.
"During the preliminary investigation, officers located a large amount of marijuana as well as multiple marijuana plants in different stages of growth," the press release states. "A search warrant for the residence was sought at Attleboro District Court."
Regarding what was found after the warrant was acquired, the press release states, "Eighteen large marijuana plants approximately 3-4 feet tall were located along with eight seedlings. Investigators also located and seized more than $24,000 in cash, 54 grams of cocaine and oxycodone pills. Also seized were numerous large overhead lights used during the cultivation process as well as other items used for cultivating marijuana. A heavy duty exhaust fan was located in the basement which was apparently used to remove odor from the basement."
Police received a call at 10:47 p.m. about the shooting at 44 Smith St. Rear from a female who identified herself as Briggs' girlfriend, the press release states. He had been shot in the abdomen and was treated at the scene by Attleboro Fire Department paramedics, who transported him to the hospital.
"Based upon the investigation thus far, the suspects were reported to be black males who fled the residence in a dark-colored, four-door sedan," the press release states. "The motive for the shooting remains unknown. However, it is believed to be somehow related to the narcotics discovered within the home."
Police will seek charges for the alleged narcotics violations.