Blatche in good condition after being shot in carjacking

Updated: September 27, 2005, 1:53 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

WASHINGTON -- Washington Wizards rookie forward Andray Blatche was shot during an attempted carjacking and remained hospitalized Monday.

Blatche was listed in good condition late Monday night and had been sitting up in bed talking with family members and visitors, The Washington Post reported.

"He's doing much better," president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld told the Post. "We're encouraged by his progress and we're all just thankful it wasn't worse."

Blatche's mother, Angela Oliver, told The Post-Standard of Syracuse, N.Y., that her son was shot once in the chest while riding in a car near his home in Alexandria, Va., but that the bullet did not hit any vital organs. He did not need surgery but is being treated at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va.

"He's doing okay," Oliver told The Post-Standard. "He's breating on his own. .. He's been sedated, but he's been talking to me when he's come out of it."

Police said the shooting happened Sunday morning after two men in masks approached from a van that had been following the car in which Blatche was a passenger. According to the Post's report, one of the suspects had a gun and ordered Blatche from the vehicle, but shot Blatche in the upper body before he could exit, police said.

Blatche, 19, went to high school in Syracuse before attending Connecticut's South Kent Prep School last season. He was the 49th overall pick in this year's NBA draft and had recently signed a two-year contract in Washington, where he has been working out with several veterans, The Post reported.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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