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Houston Rockets Basketball Player Carl Landry Shot in Leg After Game

An NBA player with the Houston Rockets was shot in his car while getting fast food after a game.

Carl Landry, 25, suffered a minor leg injury after a gunman opened fire on his vehicle before dawn Tuesday in an apparent random shooting in Houston, team spokesman Nelson Luis told KPRC-TV.

The basketball forward was treated at a city hospital and released later in the day, the team said.

The Rockets said they expected Landry to return to action in one to three weeks.

"We are very thankful and relieved that Carl's injuries were relatively minor and that he is doing well," the Rockets said in a statement. "We are in the process of working with authorities to gather more information."

Landry's vehicle was hit twice as he was driving to get fast food, according to the station. One of the bullets struck him in the lower left leg.

The shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m., a few hours after the Rockets returned from a game at New Orleans. Landry, a former Purdue star, drove home after the team arrived about 12:30 a.m.

Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said Landry was heading in his sport utility vehicle southbound on a city street, when a northbound car swerved into his path and collided with his vehicle.

Landry and the driver of the other vehicle made U-turns and the vehicles collided again. Landry's SUV hit a utility pole.

Smith said Landry got out to inspect the damage, and was shot by one of the two occupants of the car. The suspects then fled the scene.

Landry had a female passenger with him who was not injured, police said. The Rockets said the basketball forward dislocated a finger on his left hand in the incident.

The 6-foot-9 Landry has become a valuable player off the bench for the Rockets, averaging 9.3 points and five rebounds in his second NBA season.

He had 12 points and six rebounds in Monday's 95-84 win that kept Houston in third place in the Western Conference standings.

Landry was drafted by Seattle in the second round in 2007, then traded to Houston for a future second-round pick and cash. He averaged eight points and 4.9 rebounds in 2007-08.

In Game 3 of a first-round series against Utah, Landry blocked Deron Williams' layup try with 3.4 seconds left to preserve Houston's 94-92 victory.

Landry also lost a tooth in that game after taking an elbow from Utah's Carlos Boozer.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.