ELMONT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police were investigating Wednesday after a man was robbed and pistol-whipped while trying to get jobs shoveling snow in Elmont, Long Island.

Nassau County police detectives said the 26-year-old man was walking down Village Avenue in Elmont trying to obtain shoveling jobs, when he was approached by two suspects who demanded money.

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When the man said no, one of the suspects took out a black handgun and struck him on the left side of the face with it, police said. The second man took out a silver gun as the first man went through the victim’s pocket, police said.

Both suspects ended up fleeing empty-handed, police said.

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The first suspect was described as a dark-skinned black male about 16 years old, standing about 5 feet 11 inches tall, with an average build. He was last seen wearing a black jacket and a ski mask.

The second was described as a light-skinned black male standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall with an average build. He was last seen wearing a red jacket and a ski mask.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injuries, police said.

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Detectives ask anyone with information about the crime to call Nassau County Crime Stoppers at (800) 244-TIPS.