Jewelry store employee shot during a robbery in D.C.

A jewelry store worker was shot and critically wounded Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C. during a brazen midday robbery, The Washington Post reports.

The man, whose name was not released, was shot in the back and taken to Georgetown University Hospital, where he underwent surgery, the newspaper reports. A police spokesman said Sunday evening that he was in critical but stable condition.

The holdup happened at Georgetown Fine Jewelry and Art, 1265 Wisconsin Ave. NW, in the Georgetown neighborhood, the newspaper reports.

Police told the newspaper that at least two, possibly three men entered the jewelry store about 2 p.m. asking to see some merchandise.

What happened next is under investigation, police reportedly said. Police would not say whether anything was taken.

Police reportedly said the assailants fled in a white sedan.

Police reportedly described two suspects as men in their thirties. One was in an orange turtleneck and a dark sweatshirt. The other was pulling a wheeled suitcase with a duffel bag on top.

Police asked anyone with information to call 202-727-9099. Up to $10,000 is available for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a District robbery.