Matthew Awbery was injured in an incident at the Hotel Senator Thursday night. (Dan Kerslake/CBC)

A clerk at a hotel's front desk was shot in the hand in Saskatoon Thursday night during an attempted robbery.

Police say a man with a gun entered the downtown hotel at about 10:30 p.m. CST and attempted to rob the clerk.

CBC News confirmed Friday that the incident took place at the Hotel Senator, on 21st Street East.

The suspect and the clerk, 33, were involved in a struggle, and the clerk was shot.

On Friday Matthew Awbery, the clerk, had a medical wrapping on his left arm starting at just below the elbow.

"[The gun] did point in directions other than my hand [such] that it would have been a lot worse. You know head, chest," Awbery said.

He said one of his fingers was broken.

Awbery said the struggle lasted about five minutes.


The Hotel Senator was the scene of a shooting Thursday night, where a clerk was injured in the hand. (CBC)

"I was pretty focused on that gun the whole time, just holding it out of the way," he told CBC News Friday. "Then suddenly people started pouring in and we just kept trying to get that gun."

The suspect in the case was disarmed by customers and other staff, who then held him until police arrived.

A 30-year-old man was taken into custody.

Police have released few other details about the incident, and there was no immediate confirmation from authorities that the suspect was being treated in hospital for injuries he sustained during the episode.

There was no information about charges, although police said the incident is being investigated.

With files from CBC's Dan Kerslake