(KTLA-TV) The female co-owner of a smoke shop in Riverside is in critical condition after being viciously attacked with a hammer during a robbery.

It happened around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Smoke Shop Plus, located at 1788 University Avenue.

The victim’s nephew tells KTLA that 52-year-old Chaula Patadia was working alone when a violent robber entered the store and attacked her with a hammer.

“She’s in the hospital right now in critical condition,” Rahul Lavingia said.

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