According to a D.C. police spokesman, running back for the Washington Commanders Brian Robinson Jr., who may have been wounded in the lower extremities during an attempted carjacking or armed robbery in Washington, is in stable condition.
Robinson was the victim, and the shooting occurred just before 6 p.m. on Sunday in the 1000 block of H Street NE, according to the spokesperson, Dustin Sternbeck. Robinson received two gunshot wounds, and medical attention was provided there. It is not thought that the wounds are life-threatening.
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Police are investigating if the incident was an attempted carjacking or armed robbery. About a block south of the gunshot location, in the 700 block of 10th Street NE, they claimed to have found the gun and were looking for two young people with shoulder-length dreadlocks. One of them was donning a black or brown shirt with happy faces printed in yellow. There were no other details available right away.
“We have been made aware that Brian Robinson Jr. was the victim of an attempted armed robbery or carjacking in Washington, D.C.,” the Commanders reportedly said in a statement Sunday night. “He sustained non-life-threatening injuries and is currently being treated at the hospital, where team officials are on site with him. We ask that you please respect Brian’s privacy at this time.”
According to a source with knowledge of the circumstance, Robinson was joined in the hospital by the Commanders’ delegation, which included Coach Ron Rivera. Robinson and his family were joined by the team owners Daniel and Tanya Snyder, the president Jason Wright, the general manager Martin Mayhew, the chief medical officer Tony Casolaro, and the director of mental health Barbara Roberts.
“I just got done visiting [with] Brian,” Rivera tweeted Sunday night. “He is in good spirits and wanted me to thank everyone for their kind words, prayers & support. He wants his teammates to know he appreciates them all for reaching out, and he loves them all & will be back soon doing what he does best.”
The Commanders selected Robinson, 23, in the third round this year out of Alabama. He concluded his college career tied for tenth in the Crimson Tide’s all-time rushing touchdowns list with 29 and eleventh with 2,704 yards. He made an impression with the Commanders over the preseason. Because of that, it was anticipated that he would play a significant part in the offense when the regular season started on September 11.
Along with the team’s starters, the rookie traveled with the Commanders to their last preseason game on Saturday in Baltimore but did not participate. Robinson accumulated 14 carries for 57 yards and one touchdown in his limited playing time across the first two preseason games and two catches for 15 yards.
“Brian’s been great,” offensive coordinator Scott Turner reportedly said during the preseason. “He’s a real serious guy. Football is fundamental to him. He takes great pride in being a physical runner. … I think he’ll continue to get better, too, as the reps increase.”