Hodge released from hospital after shooting
DENVER ” Nuggets rookie Julius Hodge, recovering from a highway shooting that wounded his legs, said he wanted to meet the woman who stopped on the highway and drove him to the hospital.
“I want to say a special thank you to the Good Samaritan who showed the true character of Colorado people,” Hodge said Sunday in a statement released by the team. “I would love the opportunity to meet with her and express my gratitude personally.”
Hodge was released from the hospital Sunday.
Adams County sheriff’s deputies said the 22-year-old was shot while driving on Interstate 76 in north Denver at about 2 a.m. Saturday. Investigators said they had no suspects and did not have a motive.
Sheriff’s officials said Sunday that they received a phone call from someone claiming to be the Good Samaritan, but they would not identify the caller or release other details.
Investigators said that before the shooting, Hodge had been at the Paladium nightclub, where he met with hip-hop artist Juelz Santana, who was performing there. Investigators and the Paladium manager said there had been no fight at the club.
After Hodge left, another car pulled alongside his and someone inside fired several times into Hodge’s vehicle, authorities said. Hodge stopped and a passenger flagged down a motorist, who took both men to a hospital.
The passenger, whose name was not released, sustained minor injuries, investigators said.
Nuggets coach George Karl said Hodge was hit three times. The Nuggets said Hodge was expected to recover and could play in two to three weeks.
“I’m feeling good, keeping my spirits up and looking forward to wearing a Nuggets uniform again,” Hodge said.
Hodge, a New Yorker who played at North Carolina State, was Denver’s first-round draft choice in 2005. The 6-foot-7 guard was recalled from the NBA’s developmental league last month after Earl Boykins broke his hand. He has appeared in 14 games for the Nuggets this season, averaging 0.9 points in 2.4 minutes.
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