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Former Hoya Smith believed shot

A man was critically shot Thursday in a Bowie home, and police think he is a former Georgetown University basketball star, officials and sources said.

Law enforcement sources said investigators believe the victim is Charles Smith, an All-American guard for the Hoyas in the late 1980s.

Smith in 1994. (File Photo/AP)

Neighbors heard gunshots in the 13200 block of Landsdales Hope Way about 12:30 p.m. and called Prince George’s County police, who found a man wounded in the upper body, said Cpl. Larry Johnson, a spokesman. The man was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.

Police said they don’t think the shooting was the result of a home invasion or a random act and were trying to determine whether the shooter and victim knew each other, Johnson said.

Authorities were searching the area for a man seen fleeing the home with a handgun, who was described as black, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, with long hair. The man was wearing a red hat, a brown jacket and blue jeans, Johnson said.

After a March 1991 hit and run in which Smith -- then with the NBA’s Boston Celtics -- killed two young Boston University students, he was convicted of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. Sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison in March 1992, he became eligible for parole in March 1994 and was released that July.

-- Clarence Williams and staff reports

By Washington Post Editors  | October 22, 2010; 12:02 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Clarence Williams, Pr. George's  
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Our prayers for Smitty.

Posted by: pdv1 | October 22, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Several other media outlets in town have been reporting all day that the shooting was probably the result of Smith running a bookie operation at his house. Why can't the Post even find out that the police seized betting materials and that the vice squad has been there all day?

Posted by: MKadyman | October 22, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

maybe the post doesn't want to print hearsay?

Posted by: jkblodge1 | October 22, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

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