An armored truck guard was hospitalized with gunshot wounds after an attempted robbery in Carson Tuesday afternoon.

A deputy with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department was flagged down around 10:30 a.m. when citizens reported a shooting involving two suspects near Figueroa and 228th street.

Witness Ben Briggs told KTLA he heard around six or seven rapid-fire shots before dropping to the ground in fear for his safety.

“It was very scary, my children are over here,” said Briggs. “It made me realize how precious time is and how things can change in an instant.” 

The shooting took place during business hours as many customers were nearby or present inside local shops.

“I’m so thankful that none of my friends, these business owners who are just here trying to make an honest living, weren’t hurt or hit by a stray bullet.”

The victim, an armored truck guard, was struck by gunfire twice and was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

No money was taken from the truck, authorities say.

Deputies say the two suspects fled the scene in a car that was parked nearby and remained at large Wednesday morning.