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Oxnard New Year's Day shooting suspect sought

Alexander Joel Mendez, 27, is shown in this file photo.

May 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A search is under way for a man who allegedly shot a 21-year-old woman just outside of her home in Oxnard on New Year's Day.

At about 2:30 a.m., the woman walked out of her residence on the 200 block of Riverpark Boulevard. She was confronted by a male suspect who shot her and fled the area.

The victim was hospitalized but has since been released.

Officers with the Oxnard Police Department responded to the scene and interviewed witnesses. Upon further investigation, detectives identified Alexander Joel Mendez, 27, as the suspect. A warrant for attempted homicide has been issued for his arrest. Authorities say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Mendez is described as a Hispanic male about 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing about 160 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He drives a 1990 Chevrolet Lumina with California license plate 2WCJ445.

If you have any information about this case or Mendez's whereabouts, you're urged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 486-7386.