An adult bookstore employee was shot early Saturday by a man reportedly dissatisfied with the shop's offerings.

The incident touched off about 3:38 a.m. inside Danny's Midnight Confessions at 133 S. 13th St. in Center City.

A man walked in, looked around, and made "a negative remark" about the gay merchandise for sale, police said.

He exited but soon returned, inquiring about straight adult entertainment.

As an employee was directing him toward some DVDs he'd requested, the man pulled out a silver revolver, and a struggle ensued, police said.

The suspect allegedly fired his weapon once, striking the worker in his lower back, before fleeing the store empty-handed.

The employee, a 31-year-old man, was placed in stable condition at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. His identity was not released.

Police described the gunman as a 5-foot-7 to 5-foot-9 black male in his mid-20s with a slim build and a beard. He was last seen wearing silver glasses, blue jeans, white sneakers, and a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with "USA" on the front. He was armed with a silver .38- or .357-caliber revolver with a four-inch barrel, police said.

Investigators released surveillance footage of the suspect Saturday night. No arrest had yet been reported. Anyone with information was asked to contact Philadelphia police.