Two women were shot and injured on the streets of Little Italy after an unknown woman opened fire while attempting to steal the victims’ purses.
The San Diego Police Department said the shooting happened around 9:40 p.m. on July 27 in the 700 block of West Date Street. The suspect remained outstanding as of Friday morning as police released details of the crime for the first time.
According to investigators, the suspect confronted three women standing on the street, wielding a handgun and demanding their purses. Before the victims could react, the woman shot two of them.
Both victims were taken to nearby hospitals and are expected to survive their injuries, police said.
The suspect was spotted by witnesses getting into a light-colored mini-van driven by an unknown male accomplice. The van was last seen fleeing the area eastbound on West Date Street.
For now, police said witnesses describe the suspect as a thin, light-skinned Hispanic woman between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-6. She had light brown hair with highlights possibly pulled back in a ponytail or bun. She wore a puffy brown jacket with a fur-line hood, dark pants and black shoes during the shooting.
The incident remains under investigation. The police department has released a composite sketch of the suspect, pictured above.
Anyone with information on her identity or whereabouts should contact the SDPD’s Central Division at (619) 744-9502 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a $1,000 reward leading to an arrest in the case.
The shooting happened in a residential section of San Diego’s popular Little Italy community, with several businesses and restaurants just blocks away.