Woman Dies After Downtown Shooting: Family

By R. Stickney
|  Monday, May 16, 2011  |  Updated 9:59 PM PDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
A woman shot in the head after a loud argument on a downtown street corner Saturday afternoon has died according to a family member.

A woman shot in the head after a loud argument on a downtown street corner Saturday afternoon has died according to a family member.

advertisement
Photos and Videos

Phone Video Captured Moments After Downtown Shooting

A 57-year-old woman suffered critical injuries when her husband shot her in the head and arm Saturday afternoon on a busy downtown street, police said.
More Photos and Videos

A woman shot in the head after a loud argument on a downtown street corner Saturday afternoon has died according to a family member.

The woman, identified as 57-year-old Deborah Gotell, was shot in the head and arm just north of San Diego's congested downtown Gaslamp area, police said.

Her husband, Joseph Gotell, 83, was arrested shortly after allegedly firing several rounds about 2:15 p.m. on Fifth Avenue and Broadway, police said.

A witness said the husband and wife were involved in a physical altercation before the suspect lifted up his shirt, pulled out a gun and fired before dropping the gun and casually walking away.

Many people ran away from the scene screaming, a second witness said.

Security guards at a nearby hotel ran to the victim's aid, holding Gotell down until police arrived. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital. On Sunday, the woman's granddaughter posted messages on Facebook asking her grandmother to rest in peace.

After the shooting on Saturday, San Diego police and San Diego fire responded and closed all traffic within an approximate one-block radius from the scene, affecting what is a busy route for city buses.

Keep up to date on breaking news: Follow us on Twitter @nbcsandiego, fan us on Facebook, sign up for our breaking news e-mail alerts or text SDBREAKING to 622339 to receive text messages for local breaking news. (Standard rates apply)

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out