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Police arrest suspect in Sportsmen’s Lodge shooting

March 19, 2012 |  5:08 pm

A Valley Glen man suspected of shooting his ex-girlfriend in the head at the Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City early Monday morning and then fleeing with the couple's two children was arrested in the west San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles police said.

Authorities said Michael Lajun Green met up with his ex-girlfriend in a room at the lodge. Police said the couple were attempting to reconcile after a period of estrangement but began to argue. The confrontation turned physical, and then, shortly before 5 a.m., the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot his ex-girlfriend in the head, police said.

The woman, who was not immediately identified, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, but authorities said her wound was not life-threatening.

Police issued an Amber Alert on Monday afternoon for the children, 6-month-old Zyler Green and Maaliyah Green, who is 1 1/2.

A short time after the alert was issued, police detectives found the suspect and the children near the intersection of Hart Street and Jordan Avenue in Canoga Park. The children did not appear to be hurt, said Lt. Alan Hamilton of the LAPD's North Hollywood Division.

Investigators had feared for the safety of the children and had been seeking help from the suspect's relatives.

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