A National Basketball Association player and two other men were arrested in the District early yesterday after shots were fired from a car on Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, authorities said. No injuries were reported.
The player was identified as Rodney C. White, 24, of Denver. White, a 6-foot-9 forward, played for the Denver Nuggets the past two seasons and is a free agent. A team spokesman confirmed last night that White had been arrested.
In 1999, White helped lead a private school in Montgomery County to a basketball championship. He also was known as one of the top players in a highly regarded summer league here.
Tom Mazur, a spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service, said an officer in the uniformed division who was on his way to work saw shots fired into the air about 4:45 a.m. yesterday from a vehicle on the parkway. He said Secret Service officers stopped an SUV at Connecticut Avenue and 24th Street NW and arrested three men who were inside.
Mazur identified the others arrested as Anthony O. Butler Jr., 21, of Detroit and Kyle A. Doman, 24, of Bowie.
The three were charged with unlawful discharge of a firearm, carrying a pistol without a license, possession of an unregistered firearm and possession of unregistered ammunition, Mazur said.
Police said at least one gun and a knife were found in the vehicle.
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office here said the three would remain in police custody until they were presented in D.C. Superior Court today.
After attracting attention for his play as a freshman at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte during the 2000-01 season, White was drafted in the first round by the Detroit Pistons in 2001.
After a season with the Pistons, he was signed by the Nuggets, where he averaged 7.5 points per game last season.
After the 1998-99 high school season, in which he played for the Newport School in Kensington, he was chosen as a member of The Washington Post's All-Met boys basketball team. He averaged 18.7 points a game for Newport and scored more than 1,500 points during his high school career.
According to an account posted three years ago on SportsIllustrated.CNN.com, after high school and before college, White was named most valuable player in Washington's Kenner summer league.
Staff writer Greg Sandoval contributed to this report.