VICTORVILLE (   —  Authorities have announced an arrest in the fatal shooting Friday of a well-regarded athlete outside a Home Depot in Victorville.

The victim was identified as Robert Curtis, 28.

He was shot multiple times around 5 p.m. outside the store’s parking on Roy Rogers Drive.

Curtis was declared dead after being taken to Victor Valley Global Medical Center. Curtis was a pro basketball player who played in the U.S., China and Canada.

The man was arrested Wednesday around 5 p.m. He’s been identified as Robert Curry, 31, of Victorville.

Officials said Curry was taken into custody without incident. He was booked at the High Desert Detention Center.

Curtis played basketball at Saddleback College, where he was part of the state championship team in 2010.

Curtis was most recently living in China, where he was well-known.

Homicide detectives believe he was meeting with someone to purchase a large quantity of marijuana. A struggle occurred during the transaction, and Curry, reportedly nearby, shot Curtis several times.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Scott Stafford or Sgt. Robert Warrick, Homicide Detail (909) 387-3589.


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