SAN ANTONIO -

A west side store owner was shot twice Monday afternoon by a suspect who was attempting to rob the business.

San Antonio Police Sgt. Javier Salazar said the suspect, who was dressed in a black mask, black jacket and faded jeans, entered the 3 Amigos Chinese Restaurant and Grocery store just before 1 p.m. and began making demands before pulling out a revolver.

"The main clerk -- one of the store owners -- exchanged words with the suspect, at which point he fired several shots and the store owner was struck at least two times in the upper body," Salazar said.

The victim, a man in his 60s, was rushed to University Hospital in unknown condition but Salazar said he was alert and talking to the paramedics in the ambulance.

The other owner of the store, a woman, was also inside the store at the time of the shooting. Salazar said she ran to the back and was able to hide until the suspect took off on foot. It's unknown if he got away with any money.

Residents in the area tell us the store usually opens up between noon and 1 p.m. so it's unlikely any customers would have been inside.

Anna Vasquez said she's known the couple most of her life and became very emotional when she talked about what happened to the owner.

"I can't believe this is happening," Vasquez said. "They know all my family. They know us all and we've been with them a long time. They are like family to us."

SAPD released a picture of the suspect from the store's surveillance cameras.  If you recognize the man or have any other details call 207-SAPD.