A man pleaded not guilty today to charges that he seriously injured an acquaintance by shooting him in the abdomen March 26 outside a Lakewood apartment complex.
Laikeem Green, 26, is charged with first-degree assault and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
Alexander Sharp, the man shot, remained hospitalized Monday in serious condition.
Green stepped out of a car outside apartments in the 5600 block of Boston Avenue Southwest and immediately pulled a gun on Sharp, according to police and charging papers.
Sharp had recently angered Green with incidents Green found disrespectful, police said.
When Green approached Sharp, Sharp challenged Green to shoot him, and he did, court records show.
Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler said Green, who allegedly has gang ties, admitted to shooting Sharp.
Jail records list Green’s bail for the charges as $1 million.