James Walter Gross

Lusby, MD – A Calvert County man charged with a drive-by shooting that occurred in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates subdivision of Lusby during the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 10 remains behind bars on a no bond status, according to court records. The defendant, James Walter Gross, 27 of St. Leonard, is awaiting a preliminary District Court hearing. That hearing is tentatively scheduled for March 8.

Gross is currently facing 12 charges, although law enforcement, according to court documents, has identified three of the charges as lacking probable cause. The nine probable cause charges are two counts of attempted first-degree murder, five counts of reckless endangerment from a car, and one count each of first-degree assault and firearm use in a felony violent crime. The three charges deemed lacking probable cause are one count of attempted second-degree assault and two counts of first-degree assault.

According to a statement of probable cause from Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Detective Jason Livingston, shortly before 1 a.m. Feb. 10 deputies were dispatched to a house on San Mateo Drive for reports of shots fired at a house from 2004 Ford Taurus. “I arrived at the residence and observed several gunshot holes in front of the residence,” Livingston stated. One of the occupants of the house told Livingston about a threatening phone call from the defendant demanding to know “where her sister’s boyfriend lives.” When the victim declined to give the defendant the information, he threatened to “shoot her sister’s boyfriend’s house up.” The defendant then told the victim that she “needed to that same energy up for what’s about to happen next.” The victim told Livingston that about 30 minutes later “she heard several gunshots and a car speed off.”

Five people were in the house, including a 5-year-old child–when the shooting occurred. No injuries were reported. Livingston’s investigation determined the shooting incident was prompted by jealousy Gross had towards the boyfriend of one of the victim’s sisters. The boyfriend and sister were not in the house when the shooting occurred. The detective learned that Gross was taking the breakup of a brief relationship hard. It was also learned that Gross routinely carried a gun for which he did not have a concealed carry permit.

Gross was later arrested at his residence. Police seized his vehicle and two cell phones.

Gross is being represented by Luke Woods of the Office of Public Defender.

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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