Wizards Draft Pick Andray Blatche Shot in Carjacking
Andray Blatche, selected by the Washington Wizards in the NBA draft, was shot yesterday in a carjacking near his home.
Wizards Draft Pick Blatche Shot (WTOP Radio)
Andray Blatche, the Wizards only pick in the 2005 NBA draft, is recovering from a gunshot wound he received early Sunday morning during an attempted carjacking near his Alexandria, Va. home. “We are aware of this situation and are in the process of gathering more information. First and foremost, our primary concern is with Andray’s well being. The information that we have received is that Andray was a victim of a carjacking. We have spoken to Andray, and the doctors have informed us that he is in stable condition and doing well. This is all the information that we have available at this time.”
Blatche was in a car with two friends when they noticed a light-colored van following them. When they pulled over in the 5100 block of Knapp Place off Duke Street, police say two men, described only as black men wearing masks, stepped out of the van. One man ordered Blatche out of the car and then shot him before Blatche could get out.
The 19-year-old Syracuse, N.Y. man picked by the Washington Wizards in the NBA draft this summer has been shot in Virginia. Police say Andray Blatche was shot once in the chest yesterday morning near his Alexandria home.
He is listed in serious but stable condition. His mother told the Syracuse Post-Standard the bullet didn’t hit any vital organs.
The address in question is only 13 miles from my new home, although I don’t know that neighborhood very well. Alexandria is a very mixed community, with very affluent homes and slums in close proximity. One would think a 2nd round NBA draft pick would be living in a pretty nice area, though.