Woman shot during purse theft in Phoenix

Posted at 5:06 AM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 17:58:05-04

Police say a woman who refused to give her purse to a group of men in South Phoenix is now at the hospital recovering from a gunshot wound. 

The victim was with a group walking near 16th Street and Southern Avenue around 2 a.m. Friday when they were reportedly approached by four men.

According to police, one of the suspects pulled a gun while attempting to take the victim's purse. The victim told the suspect that he would have to shoot her in order to get her bag, which is what the suspect then did.

The woman was shot in the bicep but is expected to be OK.

A friend with her at the time ran to call police for help, but by the time officers arrived, the suspects had already left the scene.

The suspects are described as white, between 18 and years old and all about 5-foot-8 and about 150 pounds.

They say the neighborhood is typically pretty quiet and they haven't seen something like this nearby before.