(KMOV) -- A man was shot in the buttocks after trying to stop two alleged purse snatchers in the 1600 block of Belt on Saturday.
It was reported by police that a woman had driven to pick up the man and while waiting for him, one of the assailants approached her to ask her a question.
Police say while distracting the woman, another man reached in the car and stole her purse.
Shortly after, the friend of the woman came outside, spotted the thief, and began shouting at him.
Investigators say both thieves fired shots at the man, striking him in the buttocks, then got into a dark colored Jeep, and fled south on Belt.
The man was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition.
Police investigation is ongoing.