HELL’S KITCHEN (WABC) — Police are investigating a shooting that happened early Wednesday morning at a smoke shop.

Officials say at least five men attempted to rob the store, located on 9th Avenue between 48th and 49th Streets, just after midnight.

A worker in the shop tried to chase the group out and the argument spilled out into the street. One of the men pulled out a gun and shot the worker in the leg, police said.

Some of the suspects in the group fled on scooters.

The 32-year-old employee who was shot was taken to Bellevue Hospital. He was alert as officials lifted him on a stretcher into an ambulance.

Police say they are now checking CCTV cameras outside the store that may have captured the incident.

Just earlier this month, a similar situation occurred on the Lower East Side when another A smokehouse worker was shot in the back during an attempted robbery.

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