Sketch of Little Italy shooting suspect released

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Shooting Suspect Little Italy

SAN DIEGO — Authorities Friday released a composite sketch in hopes of identifying the woman who shot two other women, but left a third uninjured, during a failed attempt to steal their purses in Little Italy last week.

Shooting Suspect Little ItalyThe suspect confronted the three women on a sidewalk in the 700 block of West Date Street near Kettner Boulevard shortly after 9:30 p.m. Thursday, drew a handgun and demanded their purses, according to San Diego police and Crime Stoppers.

However, she opened fire before they could respond, striking a 24-year- old woman in the arm and a 33-year-old woman in the abdomen, police said.

The suspect then fled empty-handed in a light-colored minivan with a male driver and headed east on West Date Street.

The two wounded women were taken to a hospital, and police said they were expected to survive.

The suspect is described as a thin Hispanic woman with light skin who is between 5 feet 4 and 5 feet 6 and has highlighted light brown hair, which she wore pulled back tightly in a ponytail or bun. She was wearing a brown puffy jacket with a fur-lined hood, dark pants and black shoes.

Anyone with information on the suspect’s identity or whereabouts was asked to call police at 619-744-9502, or to contact Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or via email at

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