Woman accused of shooting her husband at a luxury hotel in Washington

A woman told police she shot her husband in a room at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in the district on Thursday because she heard allegations he molested children at a daycare center she runs outside Baltimore, according to an affidavit of arrest filed in DC Superior Court. .

Baltimore County police said they are aware of the allegations and are investigating. The shooting victim, who DC police say suffered injuries that did not appear to be life threatening, has not been charged with a felony. Authorities did not say whether any of the allegations about the daycare were true or substantiated.

In a statement, Baltimore County Police Sgt. Gladys L. Brown said detectives are “monitoring recent developments in Washington DC” and the Maryland daycare center is closed as the department’s investigation continues.

The shooting in an eighth-floor room at the luxury hotel on the 1300 block of Maryland Avenue SW near the Tidal Basin occurred around 7:40 p.m. and prompted the evacuation of guests and staff when police said the victim’s wife refused to leave the room.

A confrontation with heavily armed tactical officers lasted about an hour before police said the officers forced their way into the room and found the injured man. Police said they arrested the victim’s wife and found a gun in her purse and another gun in an unlocked safe.

Police charged Shanteari Weems, 50, of Randallstown, Maryland, with assault with intent to kill, assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm without a license and possession of a firearm not registered.

Police said the victim was recovering from gunshot wounds to the head and leg on Friday.

Efforts to contact the victim or a relative were unsuccessful. A Baltimore City Police Department spokeswoman confirmed the man was a member of the police force who retired in 2005.

Man shot, woman arrested, in DC hotel domestic dispute

A DC Superior Court judge on Friday ordered Weems detained and set a hearing for Monday. A lawyer listed for Weems in electronic court records did not respond to a request for comment on Friday.

The arrest affidavit says authorities were first alerted to the shooting when a smoke detector sounded in the room. A hotel staff member opened the door “and observed blood on the wall”, according to the affidavit.

Police were called but said once they got to the door the woman inside threatened to shoot herself if she entered. Police said they heard a man shout that he had been shot.

Shortly after, police said they forced their way into the room and arrested Weems. Police said Weems told them she had been married to the shooting victim for five years. Police said she told them children at the daycare had recently told her they had been assaulted by him.

Weems told police, according to the affidavit, that she had reported the allegations to authorities. Police said they found a notebook with comments they said appeared to be about the shooting. One, according to the affidavit, said, “I’m going to shoot [victim]but not kill him.

Weems also told police the shooting took place during an argument over the allegations, according to the affidavit, and that she shot her husband after he got up and began to movement towards her.

This article has been updated.

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