Partygoer shot host who told him he couldn’t have a gun in her house: prosecutors

Michael Ross (Chicago Police Department}

CHICAGO — Prosecutors say a three-time convicted felon shot a Chicago woman in the head after she told him he could not have a gun in her house during a party. In a court filing, officials said the woman’s injury is “non-survivable.” [Update: The Cook County medical examiner’s office said the woman, Maria Woodard, 40, died on February 8, 2024.]

The woman was hosting a party at her home in the 6500 block of South Langley last Saturday evening, January 27, and 39-year-old Michael Ross was among her many guests, prosecutors said. Two children were also in attendance.

Throughout the night, “many” partygoers saw Ross with a gun, and the 40-year-old party host confronted him about it when she saw the weapon around 8:30 p.m., according to the state’s detention petition and a CPD report.

After the woman told Ross he could not have a gun in her home, the two struggled over the weapon and fell to the floor, officials said. When they both stood back up, Ross shot the woman one time, striking her in the head, according to the petition.

Chicago police arrested Ross nearby within minutes. Prosecutors said he was carrying a weapon when police took him into custody. Testing allegedly showed a “high probability” that it fired the single shell casing investigators found at the crime scene.

Prosecutors charged Ross with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery by discharging a firearm, and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. Judge William Fahy granted the state’s detention petition, saying electronic monitoring would be “woefully inadequate” given the circumstances.

Ross was previously convicted of felony gun charges in 2014 and 2004, according to court records. He was convicted of possessing a stolen motor vehicle in 2006.

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