Woman living in car accused of breaking into Mid-City home, fatally shooting man, police say

Police say the woman stayed at the scene the night of the shooting. She's being held on $3 million bail.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Woman living in car arrested in fatal Mid-City home break-in: Police
Police say the woman, who was reportedly living in her vehicle, stayed at the scene. She was arrested for murder and is being held on $3 million bail.

MID-CITY, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A 36-year-old woman was arrested for allegedly breaking into an apartment in Mid-City and fatally shooting a man who lived there, police said.

According to the LAPD, the incident happened Monday around 6 p.m. at a home in the 900 block of Alandele Avenue. Police said the victim, a 33-year-old man, was shot by an intruder.

"I opened my front door and there was a cop standing there and he goes, 'Are you okay?" and I go, 'Yeah,' and he goes, 'Go back into your house,' so I was like, 'Oh my God,'" recalled Averie Shevin, who lives in the area.

Jameelah Elena Michl of Los Angeles was later arrested and booked for murder. She's currently being held on $3 million bail.

The victim, who was not immediately identified, was rushed to the hospital where he later died.

Police said Michl stayed at the scene before she was taken into custody. Michl was living in her vehicle, according to police, which is now being used as evidence.

"I saw somebody standing right here on the street with her hands up so I'm assuming that's her, and there was a conversation about her car being parked on the street," said Shevin.

Shevin said the victim lived with his girlfriend and their pets. She said the victim's mom had just arrived to take him to a movie.

"I said, 'How is he? Is he going to be okay?' and she said, 'I don't know if he's going to make it,' and my heart just stopped," said Shevin.

Neighbors say they were told by police that the suspect and victim knew each other but Eyewitness News has not been able to confirm that information with detectives.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact West Bureau Homicide Investigators at 213-382-9470. If you'd like to remain anonymous, you can call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or visit the Crime Stoppers website.