Woman released in death of Mark Ruffalo's brother

Wed Dec 10, 2008 3:08pm EST
 
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police released a woman arrested in the shooting death of actor Mark Ruffalo's brother, after she told investigators he shot himself playing with a gun, her attorney said on Wednesday.

Jail records confirmed that Shaha Mishaal Adham, 26, was released late on Tuesday night.

Her attorney, Ronald Richards, said Adham was at the Beverly Hills home of her friend, Scott Ruffalo, on December 1 to recover keys to a car she lent him. With her in the room, Ruffalo shot himself, Richards said.

"He plays with guns by pointing them at his head and saying words like 'Russian Roulette' or pop, and he accidentally shot himself," Richards said.

A representative from the Beverly Hills Police Department could not immediately be reached for comment.

Richards said a third individual was in the room when Ruffalo shot himself, but he would not say who that was.

Adham was in a state of shock and fled the scene of the shooting, on the advice of her boyfriend, Brian Scofield, 29, Richards said. Scofield was later named by police as a "person of interest" in the case, but was released soon after he and Adham turned themselves in to police on Monday.

Adham and Ruffalo, 39, a hairdresser, knew each other because she paid him "hundreds of dollars to blow-dry her hair," Richards said. Adham is the daughter of a wealthy Saudi businessman, he said.   Continued...

 
<p>Shaha Mishaal Adham is shown in this police booking mug shot from the Beverly Hills Police Department released to Reuters on December 9, 2008. Police released Adham in the shooting death of actor Mark Ruffalo's brother, after she told investigators he shot himself playing with a gun, her attorney said on December 10, 2008. REUTERS/Beverly Hills Police Department/Handout</p>