A 50-year-old man underwent surgery overnight and is in hospital in Halifax with life-threatening injuries after he was shot in Dartmouth Monday morning.

"Our investigators have not been able to interview him at length at this time and it might not happen today, depending on his condition," said Halifax Regional Police spokesperson Const. Pierre Bourdages.

Police were at the scene Monday morning canvassing the neighbourhood and trying to locate video surveillance.

Halifax Regional Police were called to Lahey Road at 2:15 a.m.

Police say the man was shot in the torso after a confrontation with two other men who demanded his belongings.

"[The victim] fled from the scene, ran up a ... driveway and was screaming for help," said Halifax Regional Police Sgt. Greg Robertson.

He said the other two ran away.

The two suspects have not been found and the search continues. 

Robertson says police hope someone can help find the suspects because the description of the men is vague. He says the man shot is only able to tell investigators one man is white and the other is black.  

Layney Doucette lives on the street and didn't hear anything. Neither did her dog.

"He didn't hear a thing, cause he would have barked, so I'm shocked," she said.