Just hours before a mother and two children were shot dead in Phoenix, Arizona on Christmas, the estranged husband and father posted a jovial video to Facebook. In that video, Anthony Milan Ross’ 11-year-old son Nigel was smiling and singing.
Nigel, his 10-month-old sister Anora and his mother Iris, 38, are now dead. Ross, a 45-year-old vegan chef, best-selling author and motivational speaker is accused of killing them, Fox News reported. He is being held without bail, and it is unclear at this time if he has an attorney.
According to a court document obtained by AZCentral, witnesses watched Ross shoot Iris as she was running away from him. After shooting her, he allegedly returned to his apartment. Witnesses heard two or three additional gunshots after that, coming from inside Ross’ home. Ross then came back outside and began going through his estranged wife’s pant pockets, according to witnesses. At least one witness asked Ross if Iris was okay, and he allegedly responded with “no” before pointing a handgun at the bystanders.
He then barricaded himself in his home, resulting in a standoff, which wounded one police officer. That officer, age 46, was wounded by shrapnel and is currently in stable condition, according to AZCentral.
On Ross’ website, Full Flavor Vegan, the suspect says that his “mission in life is to help others escape the deadly hold of obesity. [...] From his upcoming book entitled 'The Change,' to the launch of Full Flavor Vegan, Milan is doing everything he can to help educate others about all the amazing benefits of living a compassionate whole food, plant-based lifestyle.”
Ross commonly goes by his middle name for his professional endeavors. After losing over 200 pounds, down from a 500-pound stature, he found success through sharing his story and his diet. He was even featured in a documentary alongside James Cameron and Samuel L. Jackson. He spoke at events about his journey all over the country.
He and his wife divorced earlier this year. Police have not yet disclosed a motive behind the fatal shootings.
[Photo: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office]