Would-Be Robber Asks for Directions, Shoots Woman

The woman was confronted by the suspect in a North Park alley

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A woman was shot in the shoulder after a would-be robber asked her for directions near her North Park home Thursday afternoon, San Diego Police say. 

The Korean woman was helping her elderly mother into her car, which was parked near her apartment in the east alley of 4000 Ohio Street. As the woman walked around her vehicle, a man and woman drove up to her around 1:30 p.m.

The man got out of the SUV and asked the 62-year-old woman for directions. 

After she told him where to go, he demanded her purse, police say. 

Refusing to give it up, the victim instead turned and ran. The suspect responded by pulling out a gun and shooting her through the back of her right shoulder. The bullet went all the way through, exiting out the front of her body. 

The man then drove off northbound through the alley heading toward Polk.

The injured woman was found conscious and breathing, so paramedics took her to Scripps Mercy Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. 

Police say the suspect is a dark-skinned man in his 40s with a heavy build, clean shaven face and short, dark brown hair. He was wearing a white t-shirt at the time. 

The woman with him is described as a light-skinned woman in her 40s wearing a dark color zippered jacket or sweatshirt.

The suspect's vehicle was described by officials as a a white, late 1990s to early 2000 SUV similar to a Trailblazer or 4-Runner. The SUV has dark interior and investigators say it may have a partial California plate of 5HZ.

Anyone with information can call investigators at (619) 516-3006 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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