A man was shot and seriously wounded Wednesday night during an attempted robbery in the Petworth area of Northwest Washington, D.C. police said.

The victim was shot in the leg in an alleyway in the 300 Delafield Place about 7 p.m., officials said. That street is between Kansas and New Hampshire avenues. The man was taken to a hospital, said Officer Paul Metcalf, a spokesman.

Police were looking for a black man with dark complexion who wore dark clothes and a skull cap.