A 27-year-old man was charged with attempted murder this week after police found bullet holes in a Lusby house where his former girlfriend lives.
James Walter Gross Jr. was arrested Sunday morning at his St. Leonard home. Held without bond at the detention center, Gross is charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of first-degree assault and five counts of reckless endangerment.
Police responded to the report of a drive-by shooting around 1 a.m. Feb. 10. When Dfc. Justin Livingston of the sheriff’s office arrived at a one-story house in the 800 block of San Mateo Trail, charging papers allege he saw several gunshot holes in the front of the house. One bullet entered a bedroom, struck a closet door and got stuck there, according to court papers. Police said no shell casings were recovered.
At the time of the alleged shooting, the woman, who broke up with Gross a few months after her sister introduced them, was not at the house, according to court documents. The woman’s sister and her sister’s 6-year-old daughter, however, were lying in bed in the bedroom where the bullet was found stuck in the closet door. The sister reportedly told police “she heard several gunshots and a car speed off,” court papers allege.
Other than the woman’s sister and her young child, three other women were in the house during the alleged shooting.
Hours prior to the alleged shooting, the woman and her sister reportedly received calls from a phone number starting with area code 202, which police later found to belong to one of the two phones in Gross’ possession when he was arrested.
Gross allegedly made verbal threats toward the woman’s boyfriend, with whom she was staying in St. Mary’s County, when she spoke to him by phone hours before the alleged shooting.
Police said no gun was registered to Gross, and he didn’t have a concealed carry permit.
Police located the gun involved in the alleged shooting, according to Capt. David Payne, spokesperson for the sheriff's office.
A bond hearing for Gross was scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11, in district court. As of Monday, no attorney is listed as representing Gross in court records.
State’s Attorney Andrew Rappaport (R) declined to comment Monday because the case is “an active investigation.”