HARRIS COUNTY, Texas The clerk at an east Harris County smoke shop was shot while he exchanged gunfire with two robbers overnight, all while his wife and two shoppers looked on.

According to the Harris County Sheriff s Office, two suspects entered Puff s Smoke Shop off the East Freeway just before midnight Monday. The armed duo attempted to rob the store, but the clerk pulled out his own gun and opened fire.

The clerk was shot once in his leg and sent to the hospital in stable condition. He was expected to be okay, according to deputies.

The suspects, one male and the other possibly female, fled the scene. Deputies said it did not appear either suspect was struck by the clerk s bullets.

A suspect description was not available, but the pair was seen leaving in a silver Dodge Charger.

Sgt. John Hernandez with the sheriff s office said the clerk s wife and two customers in the store were not injured. Detectives will review video from the store s surveillance equipment.

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