CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Cheektowaga Police say one man is injured after an attempted robbery Tuesday morning.

Around 11 a.m., police say they responded to the scene of 41 Alpine Place where a man was found with a gunshot wound to his upper chest. The victim was transported to ECMC, where police say he is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The victim was a water authority employee who was doing work in the area, according to police, and they believe this was a random attack. Police say the suspect knocked the victim to the ground and then held him at gunpoint and demanded his wallet. The victim then attempted to run when he got up to give the suspect his wallet and he was subsequently shot.

The Erie County Water Authority declined to comment on the shooting until further details from the police investigation are known.

Police say the suspect is still free and that they are currently looking for a Black male, between 20 and 30 years old. The suspect, according to police, was wearing all black and a ski mask and left on foot down Herbert Avenue and eventually got to Genesee Street.

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call (716) 686-7416 or send an anonymous text to TIP411 (847411), begin texts with “CPDNY” then continue with your message.

Emily Miller is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2022. See more of her work here.