West Baton Rouge Parish investigators say they believe a man who was shot outside the Dollar General store Thursday along La. 1 near Port Allen was attacked during a robbery.

Col. Richie Johnson, a spokesman for the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, said Friday the man is expected to survive but suffered severe damage to his arm. He had to undergo surgery at a local hospital, Johnson said.

The Sheriff’s Office responded about 10 p.m. Thursday to a call that a middle-aged man had been shot after the man stumbled into the Dollar General store, located in the 4000 block of La. 1, and collapsed from a loss of blood.

Johnson said the man was shot in the upper torso. Authorities would not release what type of gun the man was shot with nor would they identify him.

Johnson said investigators were able to get a description of a possible suspect and have pulled surveillance footage from inside the store for a possible lead. Anyone with information can call the Sheriff’s Office at (225) 382-5242.