MAPLEWOOD - Police are searching for the gunman who shot the owner of a Prospect Street candy and convenience store at approximately 1 p.m. Monday.

Witnesses told police a male suspect wearing dark clothing entered the MS&K Confectionery, and demanded money from the cash register.

The store owner was shot in the torso during a struggle with the suspect, who fled the store on foot.

A customer called 911 when the victim was shot.

Police say the victim survived the shooting and was taken to University Hospital in stable condition.

The Maplewood police department is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call them at (973) 762-1234.