Former Georgetown basketball star shot in Maryland
A man shot this afternoon in Bowie, Maryland has been identified as former Georgetown basketball standout Charles Smith, according to TBD.
Smith, who played for the 1988 U.S. Olympic basketball team and won the Big East Player of the Year award during the 1988-1989 season, remains hospitalized with injuries that are “not considered life threatening.”
Prince George’s County police responding to the shooting at approximately 12:20 p.m. to find Smith conscious and alert,” despite reportedly being shot twice. An unnamed source told TBD that a gambling debt allegedly sparked the shooting.
“Last word that we received is that the suspect fled on foot and this might have been the point of travel so our investigators are taking every step they can to investigate the crime,” Cpl. Larry Johnson, Prince George’s County police spokesperson, told TBD.
After his college career, Smith played for a short time for the Boston Celtics. In Boston, he struck and killed two Boston University students while driving; he was later convicted of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crime.
Smith retired from professional basketball in 2001 after spending a decade playing overseas and in Canada.