Santa Monica police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect who allegedly shot two women near Palisades Park Friday, April 24th.

Three women were standing to the rear of an apartment building at 135 San Vicente Blvd. at 9:25 p.m., when a suspect approached them.

The suspect allegedly fired several shots, striking two of the women, and fled east from the area on foot, Santa Monica Lt. Daniel Salerno said. No vehicle was seen leaving the location.

Two doctors who were near the scene at the time heard the shots and provided immediate medical care to the victims until Santa Monica Fire Department paramedics arrived, Salerno said.

The two shooting victims were transported to local hospitals, where one of the women is listed in critical condition and the other is in stable condition, Salerno said. Both victims are expected to survive, police said.

Police recently released a sketch of the suspect, who is described as a man, possibly white, in his mid 20s, five-feet-ten to six feet tall, weighing approximately 180 pounds and wearing a black T-shirt and shorts. He may also have facial hair.

Police have not determined a possible motive for the shooting, but say that preliminary investigation indicates that the victims may have been targeted as a result of previous involvement with the suspect.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Santa Monica police detectives at (310) 458-8451, or the watch commander at (310) 458-8427. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call the tip line at (310) 458-8449.

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