An Indiana man who was shot during a robbery attempt in Colonial Williamsburg said yesterday that officials of the historic site should have warned tourists about a recent string of robberies.

David and Ann Edds, of Swayzee, Ind., were each shot in the face Monday evening while they walked on a lawn near the Governor's Palace. Police are looking for two youths who attempted to rob the couple. Edds, 39, said he did not know until after the shootings that there had been four other robberies or attempted robberies in the historic area since May.

Hugh DeSamper, senior director of corporate communications for Colonial Williamsburg, said arrests have been made in two of the robberies and officials saw no need to warn tourists.

"We had increased security patrols but felt these were isolated incidents. We do not have a history of this kind of incident," he said.

He said additional security officers are being hired for night patrols.

"Certainly if we had been aware of that we would not have walked alone," Edds said in a telephone interview from his parents' home in Vincennes, Ind. "I'm very concerned about that. If there's a problem with crime and danger, {visitors} have to be warned."

Edds was treated and released soon from a hospital. His wife, 32, spent two days in the hospital and still has a bullet lodged in her cheek.