1 shot at Wizard's home

August 21, 2007|By Walter Pacheco and Henry Pierson Curtis | Walter Pacheco and Henry Pierson Curtis,ORLANOD SENTINEL

A shootout early yesterday at Washington Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson's house west of Orlando, Fla., has left one man with gunshot wounds.

Stevenson and his guests told Orange County sheriff's deputies that Curtis Ruff, 31, opened fire after following them and some women home from an Orlando nightclub.

Ruff, of Orlando, later turned up at a hospital with gunshot wounds, but deputies said neither he, Stevenson, nor the guests would elaborate on what happened during the 4 a.m. incident.

"We believe that at least one of the people at Stevenson's house may have fired back, which would explain the other man's bullet wounds," said sheriff's office spokesman Jim Solomons.

Ronnie Millsap, a friend of Stevenson, told deputies a white Cadillac Escalade followed the women's cars into the gated community in which Stevenson lives.

Once inside the gates, Ruff was said to have exited his vehicle and started arguing with one of the women.

He went back to his SUV and came back firing a pistol, according to sheriff's reports.

The unidentified women fled the area and Stevenson's male friends took cover inside the $1.4 million home in which Stevenson said he had been asleep, according to the reports.

Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said the team is monitoring the situation.

Stevenson averaged 11.2 points this past season for the Wizards.

Walter Pacheco and Henry Pierson Curtis write for the Orlando Sentinel.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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