DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit police say two teenage brothers were shot after attempting to rob two utility workers on the city’s east side.

According to police, the incident happened around 9 p.m. Thursday as two 59-year-old men were working on a public lighting pole in an alley at Cloverlawn and Northlawn streets, north of Schoolcraft Road.

As the men were working, police say two teenagers approached, produced a weapon and announced a robbery. Police say at some point, one of the workers fired shots, striking both teenagers.

Police say the teens were rushed to a local hospital where the 16-year-old was listed in critical condition, and the 17-year-old was listed in temporary-serious condition. Police did not identify the teens, but did say that they are brothers.

According to police, the worker who shot the teens is a valid CPL holder. Investigators say they recovered the gun used by the teens, who are currently in police custody.

An investigation is ongoing.

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