An off-duty D.C. fire department captain was shot and wounded in Southeast Washington on Saturday afternoon during a robbery attempt, authorities said.

Police said the captain, who has not been identified, was hit in his side in the 2000 block of Bruce Place SE.

A colleague who was nearby took him to a fire station a few blocks away, according to Timothy J. Wilson, a spokesman for the fire department. From there, he was taken to a hospital.

Police on Saturday evening said his condition was serious but stable.

Wilson said the wounded captain was “held in high regard” in the department. He said the fire department was “very optimistic that he will make a speedy and full recovery.”

Police said the 3 p.m. incident involved an assailant who was dressed in black clothing.

The area is south of Suitland Parkway and about a quarter-mile east of the St. Elizabeths Hospital campus. A resident said she called to report the gunfire and was asked how many shots had been fired.

“I’m not counting shots,” she said she replied. “I’m just sitting here scared.”

She later said she thought she heard as many as five or six shots, which she said sounded like firecrackers.

The staccato flurry sent a small dog from the street onto a porch to hide beneath a chair, the resident said.

One shot reportedly broke the rear passenger side window on a parked car.