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Rockets forward Carl Landry wounded in shooting

HOUSTON Rockets forward Carl Landry was shot in the left leg while driving near his home early yesterday.

The injury was minor, and the team said Landry was treated at a hospital and released. The Rockets said they expected Landry to return to action in one to three weeks.

The shooting occurred about 2:30 am, a few hours after the Rockets returned from a game at New Orleans. Landry drove home after the team arrived about 12:30 am.

Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said Landry was driving his sport utility vehicle southbound on a city street, when a northbound car swerved into his path and collided with his vehicle. Landry and the driver of the other vehicle made U-turns and the vehicles collided again and Landry's SUV hit a utility pole.

Smith said Landry got out of his SUV to inspect the damage, and was shot by one of the two occupants of the car. The suspects then fled the scene.

Smith originally said the incident occurred about 4 a.m., but said later that was the time authorities were notified. Smith did not know if Landry was the person who called police.

Landry had a female passenger in his SUV, and she was not injured, police said.

The Rockets also said Landry dislocated a finger on his left hand in the incident.

The 2.06 meter (6-foot-9) Landry has become a valuable player off the bench for the Rockets, averaging 9.3 points and five rebounds in his second NBA season. He had 12 points and six rebounds in Monday's 95-84 win that kept Houston in third place in the Western Conference standings.

"We are very thankful and relieved that Carl's injuries were relatively minor and that he is doing well," the Rockets said in a statement.


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