An artist's rendering of a suspect wanted in connection with the shooting of three women on San Vicente Boulevard Friday evening. (photo by Rendering Courtesy Of The Santa Monica Police Department)

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY —Detectives released a composite sketch Monday of the man suspected of opening fire at three women north of Montana avenue, wounding two of them.

The women were standing behind an apartment building Friday night on San Vicente Boulevard near Palisades Park when they were approached by a gunman in a black-hooded sweatshirt. He fired several shots at them and fled on foot.

Two doctors were in the area and rushed to the aid of two of the wounded and cared for them until paramedics arrived and took them to area hospitals. The injuries were described as non-life threatening.

Investigators described an “unknown” gunman in his mid 20s, 5-feet, 7-inches to 6 feet tall, and approximately 180 pounds. Later, police said their preliminary investigation indicated the victims may have been specifically targeted as a result of “previous incidents in which they were involved.”

Lt. Daniel Salerno said they would not discuss those incidents because of the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to call the SMPD detectives at (310) 458-8451 or the watch commander at (310) 458-8427 (24 hours). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call the SMPD Tip Line at (310) 458-8449.


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