Former NBA All-Star Brandon Roy Wounded in Compton, Calif., Shooting

Brandon Roy, left (@RoyTeam via Twitter)
Brandon Roy, left (@RoyTeam via Twitter)

Former NBA All-Star Brandon Roy was one of four people shot and wounded outside his grandmother’s house in Compton, Calif., on Saturday evening, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s authorities.


Roy was standing outside the home with a group of people around 9 p.m. Saturday when two men walked up and opened fire for “no apparent reason,” Sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Mejia told the Los Angeles Times.

All four of the people wounded in the shooting were men. They were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and later released.

Roy, 32, was shot in the leg, and a witness who wished to remain anonymous told USA Today that Roy was shielding some of the young people present at the gathering when he was shot.

“The victims indicated they were standing in front of a residence watching children play basketball when they saw the suspects walking toward them,” according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. “As the suspects approached their location, the victims heard multiple gunshots. The suspects immediately fled the area.”

A motive for the shooting has not been determined, but an investigation is underway. No arrests have been made.

Roy made his name in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers. He was the sixth pick in the 2006 NBA draft and was a star shooting guard who won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award in 2007 and was named to the Western Conference All-Star team three years in a row.


He retired from the NBA in 2011 because of chronic knee injuries and now coaches the men’s basketball team at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle. He led that team to an undefeated season and was named the Naismith High School Coach of the Year in 2016.

In a statement released early Wednesday morning, the Trail Blazers wished Roy well, saying: “Like many others, we’re just learning of the injury suffered by former Trail Blazers player Brandon Roy in a shooting over the weekend in California. According to those reports, Brandon was wounded as a bystander, but is expected to recover. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brandon and his family during this time.”


Read more at the Los Angeles Times and USA Today.

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Glad he’s okay, but here’s my second thought after reading this article:

If he got shot in the knee, maybe another NBA comeback?

I’m going to hell willingly.