LOS ANGELES (CBS) —  Two suspects were being sought Tuesday for the attempted murder of the owner of a Westlake district cell phone store.

The suspects entered the store in the 2800 block of James M. Wood Boulevard, between Vermont Avenue and Hoover Street, about 3:30 p.m. Monday, according to police.

One suspect had a handgun and became involved in a struggle with the store owner and shot him several times.

The second suspect acted as a lookout. Both suspects fled in a tan four-door sedan, possibly a Toyota or Honda.

The suspect with the weapon was described as a Latino, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 170 pounds, between 18 and 20 years of age. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, black shirt and black pants. He sustained a serious bite to his right hand that likely caused a cut to his fingers and knuckles. Police believe the cut was severe enough that he may have had to seek medical treatment.

The second suspect was also a Latino, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 180 pounds, and between 17 and 20 years of age. He was wearing a black baseball cap with the letters “LA” on the front. He also was wearing a black shirt and pants.

The store owner was taken to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

A motive for the shooting has not been determined.

Anyone with information on the shooting was asked to call Olympic Area Gang Detectives George Lee or George Diego at (213) 382-9430.

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Comments (3)
  1. James says:

    I guess the store owner tried to take a bite out of crime.

  2. duh says:

    Assuming the store owner bit him, they should be able to get DNA from his mouth and/or any blood drops on the ground as they were fleeing.

    Who would bite a drug and disease infested robber? I’d rather drink sewer water…

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