Crime

Prosecutor: Alleged Boise shooter showed up at victim’s work, home

The man accused of shooting a Boise woman in her back yard on Saturday allegedly sent her a voice message in which he threatened to shoot her, a prosecutor said Monday.

“He left a voice message in which he threatened to shoot her. Obviously, he carried through on that threat,” Deputy Ada County Prosecutor Dan Dinger said at the arraignment for Christopher L. Wirfs.

Boise police officers investigating the shooting listened to the message and verified it came from Wirfs, Dinger told 4th District Magistrate Theresa Gardunia. He didn’t say when exactly the message was sent, only that it was in “the weeks leading up” to the shooting.

Wirfs reportedly showed up Saturday at Ambitions Salon, where victim Makaela Zabel-Gravatt, 32, works.

He was asked to leave and escorted out by another person, Dinger said. Later, he went to her North End home in the 700 block of West Resseguie Street and shot Zabel-Gravatt at least twice, Dinger said.

“The defendant had been essentially stalking the victim for a period of weeks, had been harassing her, sending her threatening text messages and phone messages,” Dinger said.

In asking for bail to be set at $1 million, Dinger said Wirfs “certainly poses a threat to her and the community.” Gardunia agreed with the request and told Wirfs he would be required to wear a GPS monitor if he posts bail.

Wirfs said he isn’t likely to be able to raise that much.

“No, I don’t think I will be able to,” he said.

Gardunia also approved a no contact order for Zabel-Gravatt and another person who witnessed the shooting.

Wirfs is charged with felony aggravated battery, use of a deadly weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years each on the first two charges and up to five years on the firearm possession charge.

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