BRIDGEPORT - A Bridgeport man was shot and wounded last night in an apparent armed robbery attempt near his home.

Witnesses tell News 12 Connecticut that an armed man approached the victim, 45-year-old Julio Castro, near his house at the corner of Barnum and East avenues. They say that the suspect tried to rob Castro, then pulled out a gun and shot him in the stomach.

Castro tried to run across the block for help, and collapsed in the street outside of a convenience shop called the Junco Mini Market, according to witnesses. A store employee says the victim also works there.

News 12 is told that Castro is in the intensive care unit at the hospital.

Bridgeport police say the gunman is still on the loose. They're urging anyone who has information or who may have witnessed the shooting to call their tip line at 203-581-5201.