OAKLAND -- A 31-year-old man suspected of shooting his estranged girlfriend several times Saturday night was charged Tuesday with attempted murder and other counts, authorities said.

Michael Walls is also charged with corporal injury to a cohabitant and possession of a firearm by a felon. The attempted murder and injury to a cohabitant counts also include an enhancement clause that the injuries were inflicted under circumstances involving domestic violence.

Walls is being held without bail at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

He is accused of shooting his estranged 33-year-old girlfriend several times Saturday night outside the house they shared until two weeks ago in the 5700 block of East 15th Street.

Police said that shortly before the shooting, the mother of Walls' 6-month-old son moved out, saying she wanted to end the relationship.

She returned Saturday night to get some belongings and when she knocked on the door, police say Walls came outside, chased and shot her several times, including once in the eye.

She remains hospitalized but is expected to recover. Walls was arrested at the scene and the gun used in the shooting was recovered.

Authorities said Walls has three prior felony convictions, for being an accessory after the fact in 2007, vehicle theft in 2004 and possession of marijuana in 2000.



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