An 18-year-old convenience store clerk was shot during an attempted robbery Monday night on Squires Road.
Lt. Eddie Hart of the Lexington police said three men with guns came to the Pantry Fresh Market about 9:15 p.m.
One of three clerks on duty at the time began throwing things at the men.
"They probably realized they weren't going to be able to complete the type of robbery" they expected to, Hart said.
Without saying anything, the three robbers began shooting, and the 18-year-old was hit in the lower abdomen, Hart said.
After they left, the armed men fired shots back into the business, breaking a window and putting a bullet hole in a glass door.
"We're recovering a lot of shell casings," Hart said.
He said the victim was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with what was considered a life-threatening injury.
Hart said the victim was working at the store with his father and a woman.
The three armed men were wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up and had bandanas over their faces. Two of the men were wearing camouflage pants, Hart said.
He said police are investigating some other recent robberies in which the perpetrators were dressed similarly.
No customers were inside the store at the time, but a customer parked nearby was able to give police a description of a vehicle, and police were reviewing surveillance video as well, he said.