Prosecutor: Man stalked, threatened to shoot woman

Christopher Wirfs is accused of shooting Makaela Ann Zabel-Gravett at her Boise home.

BOISE -- The man police say shot a woman in the North End of Boise over the weekend made his initial appearance in court Monday. 

Christopher Wirfs, 35, of Boise, is charged with aggravated battery, use of a deadly weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Prosecutors say he had been kicked out of the victim's workplace on numerous occasions over the last several weeks, and was sending her threatening text messages and voicemails.

Family members identified the victim as Makaela Ann Zabel-Gravatt. She was seriously injured and is listed in stable condition at a Boise hospital.

Wirfs appeared via teleconference in an Ada County courtroom Monday afternoon.

Wirfs was arrested in connection to the Saturday night shooting on the 700 block of Ressigue Drive.

"He did fire at least two shots, striking the victim who obviously suffered serious injuries and is in the hospital," said Ada County Deputy Prosecutor Dan Dinger.

Prosecutors say Wirfs had essentially been stalking the mother of four over the last couple of weeks.

"Had been harassing her, sending harassing threatening text messages and phone messages," said Dinger,

One of those messages, prosecutors say he eventually carried out.

"The information that we've received and law enforcement listened to, a voice message this defendant left in weeks prior to the incident," said Dinger. "I don't know exactly how long, but in that he left a message in which he threatened to shoot her and obviously he followed through."

Co-workers tell KTVB that Makaela worked as a hairdresser at a local salon and that's how she came to know Wirfs, he was one of her clients. Co-workers add they had to throw him out of the salon on numerous occasions over the last few months.

"The day of the incident, to my understanding, he appeared at her work and was escorted out," said Dinger.

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Because of Wirfs extensive criminal history, which includes burglary, grand theft auto and battery, the judge took the state's recommendation and set his bond at $1 million.

Wirfs' next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 25.

The family of Makaela Ann Zabel-Gravatt has set up a gofundme page to help with medical bills. So far, about $2,500 has been raised. We are also told that Ambitions, the salon where Makaela worked, is also planning a fundraiser.


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