Alleged Sportsmen's Lodge shooter charged with attempted murder
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 charged Wednesday with attempted murder, Los Angeles County prosecutors said.
Michael Lajun Green, 26, faces one count of "attempted, willful, deliberate, premeditated murder with a special allegation that he personally used a firearm causing great bodily injury," prosecutors said in a statement. Green’s bail is recommended at $2 million. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 50 years to life in state prison.
Police said Green was attempting to reconcile with his girlfriend after a period of estrangement, but the couple began to argue. The confrontation turned physical, and then LAPD investigators said the suspect pulled out a handgun and shot his ex-girlfriend in the head.
The woman, who has not been identified, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with a non-life-threatening wound. 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 were not hurt.
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