A pair of robbers shot and wounded a man who tried to run from them in Downtown Long Beach early Thursday morning, according to police.

The two men tried to rob their victim on a sidewalk near Third Street and Pine Avenue around 2 a.m., Long Beach police spokesman Carlos Sandoval said. They approached him and demanded he hand over some property, according to police.

“As the victim fled, one of the suspects pointed a gun at him and shot him,” Sandoval said.

Someone quickly flagged down police officers, but the suspects were already gone, police said.

Medics took the wounded man to the hospital where he’s expected to survive, Sandoval said. He was shot in the upper body, according to police.

Police asked anyone with information about what happed to call detectives at 562-570-7068. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or visiting lacrimestoppers.org.

Jeremiah Dobruck is managing editor of the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or @jeremiahdobruck on Twitter.