California man gets locked up for marijuana after downtown hotel shooting

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July 02, 2012|By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun

A 26-year-old Sacramento man was arrested by Baltimore police Saturday night as officers investigated the shooting of his girlfriend in a downtown hotel room near the Inner Harbor, records show.

The circumstances of the shooting - which was reported at the Brookshire Hotel in the 100 block of E. Lombard St. - remained unclear Monday. Police said Saturday night that the shooting may have been self-inflicted or accidental, but have listed robbery as a possible motive. 

Police said a sergeant was sitting in a marked patrol vehicle around 9:40 p.m. Saturday when the victim's boyfriend, Andrew Gasway, approached and said his girlfriend had been shot. The woman was located inside a hotel room, suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. 

She was unconscious at the time — apparently under the influence of some substance — and needed medics to revive her, police said. She was then taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Her injury is not considered life-threatening, police said. 

As police were assessing the scene, an officer smelled marijuana and asked Gasway if he had any drugs on him. According to police, Gasway said he had a small bag of marijuana in his waistband, and arrested and charged with marijuana possession. 

Gasway was being held on $5,000 bond pending a bail review Monday morning. 

The shooting was one of a handful over the weekend, none of them fatal. While homicides were up 9 percent just a few weeks ago, there's been a recent lull in violence and the number of murders has fallen behind last year's pace. As of yesterday, there have been 103 people killed in Baltimore this year, compared with 104 at the same time last year.

jfenton@baltsun.com

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