BELLFLOWER ( — Authorities Wednesday were investigating the shooting of a liquor store clerk who was wounded during an attempted robbery.

The shooting happened around 9:15 p.m. in the 14300 block of Bellflower Boulevard, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

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Officials said two armed men wearing face masks walked into Cheap Corner Liquor, shot the clerk several times below the waist and fled.

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There was no evidence that either suspect took anything, detectives said.

The clerk was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. He was expected to fully recover.

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No suspect description was released.