Washington Commanders RB Brian Robinson Jr. shot twice in attempted carjacking, DC mayor condemns gun violence

Washington Commanders rookie running back Brian Robinson Jr. was shot at least twice in an attempted car theft Sunday in Washington, DC, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

According to Police Chief Robert Contee, 23-year-old Robinson was attacked on H Street NE by two armed teenagers who were trying to steal his car, a white Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

“Sometime during the course of this robbery attempt, in this case, our victim began fighting with one of the suspects and was actually able to snatch the gun from one of the suspects. And he was shot twice by the second suspect,” Contee told reporters on Monday.

Robinson, a University of Alabama graduate who was drafted into the third round by commanders in April, was shot in the hip and leg. WTOP TV reports. His injuries were not life-threatening and his condition is reportedly now in stable condition.

“The operation was a success! Thanks for the prayers! God is great!” Robinson posted on Instagram Monday morning from Medstar Washington Hospital Center.

Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said Sunday he had visited Robinson in hospital and the rookie running back was in “good spirits” as he recovered.

“I just finished visiting Brian. He is in good spirits and wanted me to thank everyone for their kind words, prayers and support. He wants his teammates to know that he appreciates them all for making the effort and he loves them all and will be back soon doing what he does best,” Rivera said tweeted.

Contee said authorities believe the two suspects left the scene in a vehicle that was stolen from Branch Avenue in Temple Hills, Prince George’s County, Maryland, around 4 p.m. Friday. The vehicle was found in Landover around 7:20 p.m. Sunday.

The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. after Robinson ate fish at Crab Boss on 10th Street and H Street in northeast DC, WTOP reported.

According to police, both suspects are teenagers. One wore a dark shirt, the other a shirt with yellow smileys.

According to police, two guns were involved in the shooting. One was found at the scene and authorities are trying to track him down.

Contee emphasized that while high-profile crimes like this make citizens feel unsafe, DC’s overall crime rate has not increased compared to last year.

Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a statement condemning gun violence.

“If you know you have a young person who is involved in crime, may have access to guns, may have a gun in your home, you need to reach out to us so we can help before they get injured or gets hurt,” Bowser said. “We also need young people who have to bear the consequences. MPD will find out who is responsible for this crime.”

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Laura Coffey

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