Woman Shot by Purse Snatcher

Investigators are hoping to speak to a woman listed in stable condition at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center after she was attacked Thursday by an unknown man.

Forty-four-year-old Hyon Hamilton, of Navarre, was approaching an oriental food and gifts store on Bryn Athyn Boulevard when the suspect tried to grab her purse.

Hamilton was shot in the lower abdomen and the suspect fled her purse. Sheriff’s deputies say they believe he fled in a waiting mid 1970s box-style gold or light brown Chevrolet Caprice.

The suspect is described as a young black male, thin build and in his early 20s.

Anybody with information about this incident may contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office at 609-2000 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-8477.