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Attorney for Ruffalo suspect: wound self-inflicted

A day after actor Mark Ruffalo’s brother died of a gunshot wound to the head, an attorney for the woman arrested in the case says she was merely a witness to a game of Russian Roulette.

Scott Ruffalo, 39, died late Monday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills Police Sgt. Renato Moreno said.

Authorities continued Tuesday to investigate the role of Shaha Mishaal Adham, 26, who turned herself in to police Monday after authorities issued a warrant for her arrest for investigation of attempted murder.

[spoiler]Adham’s initial court appearance was scheduled for Wednesday.

Her attorney downplayed her role late Tuesday, telling the New York Daily News that she witnessed Scott Ruffalo shoot himself during a game of Russian Roulette. Ronald Richards told the newspaper that Adham had gone to Scott Ruffalo’s condo to pick up a set of keys and fled after the shooting.

Richards said in a subsequent e-mail to The Associated Press late Tuesday night that he was still talking to police about the incident and had no further comment.

Police have declined to discuss a motive for the shooting or possible evidence against Adham, who is being held without bail. Scott Ruffalo, a hairstylist, was found with a gunshot wound to the head in Beverly Hills on Dec. 1.

His family released a statement Tuesday evening to thank supporters and announce the creation of a fund in his honor.

“Mark Ruffalo and his family deeply appreciate the outpouring of prayers and support during this most difficult time of the passing of Scott Ruffalo, beloved son, brother and husband,” the statement read.
[/spoiler] The family said the funeral service would be private.

Another man wanted for questioning, Brian B. Scofield, also turned himself in to police on Monday and was released. Police have not said whether he is still considered a suspect.