Man gets 54 years for shootings outside Hopkins Hospital

July 27, 2011|By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

A man who opened fire outside Johns Hopkins Hospital in September 2009, injuring a bystander, was sentenced Wednesday to 54 years in prison, the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced.

Timothy Gaskins, 44, fired five shots that day, striking a woman's handbag, a man's trouser leg and an employee of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, who was leaving work. She was struck in the hand.

Police said at the time that they believed the shooting was related to a fight between teen-age girls that drew in their fathers. One girl's father tried to break up the squabble, while Gaskins reacted with violence, police said.

He was convicted in May of attempted, second-degree murder, assault and related charges after a jury trial.

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