Man shoots self in leg during domestic altercation

By Abby Morris
Star Staff
amorris@starhq.com

   An Elizabethton man was listed in good condition at a local hospital Thursday afternoon after he shot himself during an alleged domestic altercation that occurred at his residence Wednesday night.
   According to police reports, William H. Gross Jr., 43, 407 Wilbur Dam Road, shot himself in the lower portion of his left leg with an SKS assault rifle.
   Officers from the Carter County Sheriff's Department were responding to a call of an intoxicated, disorderly male subject at the residence and when they arrived, they found Gross lying in the hallway of the home.
   According to the incident report filed by CCSD Deputy Sarah Ryan, Gross reportedly discharged three or four rounds from the rifle before firing the shot that struck him in the leg.
   Gross, who shares the residence with his father, William H. Gross Sr., 83, and his mother, Rebecca J. Gross, 81, reportedly became belligerent after his father repeatedly asked him to turn down the volume on the music he was listening to in his bedroom. At that time, the younger Gross entered the living room area of the residence where his parents were watching television armed with the assault rifle.
   The younger Gross asked 'Who wants to fight?' and then allegedly fired three to four rounds into the ceiling and threw the rifle at his father who in turn threw the rifle back to Gross, Ryan states in her report. Gross then turned the barrel toward the floor discharging one round into his left leg, according to the report.
   Mr. and Mrs. Gross's daughter, Loretta Gross, 47, of Clerkston, Mich., who was at the residence at the time of the incident, took the gun away from her brother after he had shot himself, according to the police report.
   Carter County Rescue Squad personnel responded to the scene and transported William H. Gross Jr. to the Johnson City Medical Center for treatment.
   Officers then searched the younger Gross's bedroom for any additional weapons or ammunition. According to the report, Ryan observed a small amount of a leafy green substance believed to be marijuana lying in plain view on a night stand in his bedroom. Investigators also found several empty and full containers of beer in the bedroom.
   Warrants charging William H. Gross Jr. with aggravated assault under domestic violence, reckless endangerment and possession of marijuana were taken out by officers at the scene. According to Inv. Laverne Julian, who responded to the scene, Gross was charged with aggravated assault under domestic violence because of his threatening manner towards his family while he was in possession of a firearm.
   According to the report, the warrants are to be served on Gross pending his release from medical treatment.