Report: Former UW, NBA star Brandon Roy shot while shielding kids from gunfire

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FILE -- Former Portland Trail Blazer Brandon Roy speaks to KATU Sports. (KATU Photo)

SEATTLE -- Former UW and Portland Trailblazers star Brandon Roy was wounded in a shooting in California over the weekend, according to a report in the USA Today.

Roy was shot in the leg outside his grandmother's home in Los Angeles, reports Sam Amick with USA Today Sports.

Someone randomly opened fire outside the home and Roy was wounded trying to shield nearby kids, Amick said his source told him.

The Portland Trailblazers, where Roy played for five seasons, issued the following statement:

“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.”

Roy went to Garfield High school then played four years at the University of Washington. He was drafted by the Blazers with the sixth overall pick.

Injuries forced him to retire and he is currently the head basketball coach at Seattle's Nathan Hale High School where he just lead the Raiders to a perfect 29-0 season and state championship.