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Woman in Gaslamp shooting has passed away

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/CNS) - The woman shot in the head by her husband in the Gaslamp area passed away Monday.

Deborah Gotell was declared brain dead late Sunday morning, 21 hours after being shot on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, according to San Diego police and the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

Police say her husband, Joseph Gotell, who shot her is no stranger to the legal system.

News 8 found he's involved in several cases, but Monday morning he is facing his most serious charge, attempted murder.

Witnesses to the afternoon shooting told reporters that Joseph Gotell shot her once in the head, then stood over her and fired again. A daughter, Nefra Croom, identified the couple to the media.

According to jail records, Joseph Gotell was being held without bail in the Vista jail on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder. He was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.

Police have yet to offer a possible motive for the shooting.


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SAN DIEGO (CNS/CBS 8) - A woman who is fighting for her life after being shot in the head in the Gaslamp district and her suspect husband have been identified Sunday. 

Daughter, Nefra Croom, identified the victim to a local news station as 57-year-old Deborah Gotell and the suspect as 83-year-old Joseph Gotell, who is behind bars for the mid-afternoon shooting witnessed by several people.

The shooting on the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway happened about 2:15 p.m. Saturday, and witnesses held the gunman for police.

He shot the woman in the head at point-blank range, then fired at least one other shot standing over her, witnesses said.

What caused the elderly suspect to shoot his wife has not been determined or disclosed.

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An 83-year-old man shot and gravely wounded his 57 year-old wife Saturday during an argument they were having in the Gaslamp district, police said.

The shooting occurred on the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway around 2:15 p.m., said San Diego police Lt. Ernie Herbert.

The man and his wife were walking on the sidewalk southbound on Fifth Avenue when they began to argue, Herbert said, adding that he suddenly pulled out a gun and shot her a number of times.

After firing the shots, the suspect dropped the gun and was detained by witnesses who held him for officers, he said.

Paramedics rushed the woman to a nearby hospital, where she was clinging to life, said Officer David Stafford.

The gunman and his victim have both been identified, but their names are being withheld pending family notification, Herbert said.

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