Man charged in slaying of wife in Millersville


A man was charged Friday with fatally shooting his wife during an argument over money at the couple's home in the Shipley's Choice area of Millersville.

Police were called to the home, in the 700 block of Live Oak Drive, by the couple's 15-year-old daughter at 2:30 a.m.

Young Ja Hong, 47, was pronounced dead at the scene. Court documents say she was shot four times in the upper part of her chest with a :38-caliber semiautomatic handgun.

Her husband Chang Pyo Hong, 50, was charged with first-degree murder at the Eastern District police station. The couple owns the K & C Grocery store on Pimlico Avenue in Baltimore.

Sgt. Thomas Suit, who heads the police department's homicide division, said the couple's two children, the daughter and a 10-year-old son, did not witness the shooting, which occurred in their family room.

He said the couple are U.S. citizens and have been married at least 15 years. Court documents say Chang Hong was born in Seoul, South Korea. The children were born in America, Suit said, and the family has lived in Anne Arundel County for five years.

Suit said Chang Hong carried the gun for protection. I've been told it's a pretty bad neighborhood where his store is," he said, adding he did not know if the man had a permit for the weapon.

Court documents say a distraught Chang Hong confessed to shooting his wife when police arrived at the home.

A ball hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

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