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Stabbing at Horton Plaza 7 hours after downtown shooting

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Violence resulted in bloodshed for the second time in a day in downtown San Diego, police said Sunday.

In the first incident, a 57-year-old woman was left fighting for her life after her 83-year-old husband allegedly shot her in the head at point-blank range on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway. Her condition Sunday was not released by police.

That shooting terrified people on the busy streets at 2:15 p.m.

Later Saturday and one block away, a 29-year-old man was stabbed by an acquaintance at the Westfield Horton Plaza mall.

Police Sunday said a suspect approached the victim and stabbed him in the right thigh at about 9 p.m. Saturday. The victim was treated at UCSD Medical Center, San Diego Police Sergeant Robin Rose said.

The suspect is described as a white man, 6 feet tall, about 250 pounds, with a mohawk-style haircut and wearing a white bandana. Central Division is handling the investigation.

Other than proximity, there was no known connection between the stabbing and the Saturday afternoon shooting at Fifth Avenue and Broadway, the SDPD Watch Commander said.

In the shooting, Deborah Gotell, 57, was left fighting for her life after her 83-year-old husband, Joseph Gotell, allegedly shot her in the head on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway at around 2:15 p.m. Witnesses say the suspect shot her once in the head at point at point-blank range then stood over her and fired again. A daughter, Nefra Croom, identified the couple to a local television station. Police did not say what motivated the shooting.

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