Police are investigating whether the incident was an armed robbery or an attempted carjacking. They said they recovered the gun in the 700 block of NE 10th Street — about a block south of the shooting scene — and were looking for two minors with dreadlocks on their shoulders. One of them wore a black or brown shirt with yellow smileys on it. No other details were immediately available.
“We have been notified that Brian Robinson Jr. was the victim of an attempted armed robbery or carjacking in Washington, DC,” the commanders said in a statement late Sunday. “He has sustained non-life-threatening injuries and is currently being treated in hospital, where team officials are on hand with him. We ask that you please respect Brian’s privacy at this time. .
Coach Ron Rivera was part of the Commanding Officers contingent with Robinson in the hospital. Team owners Daniel and Tanya Snyder, chairman Jason Wright, general manager Martin Mayhew, chief medical officer Tony Casolaro and mental wellness director Barbara Roberts were also with Robinson and his family.
“I just finished visiting [with] Brian,” Rivera tweeted Sunday night. “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 reaching out and that he loves them all and will soon be back doing what he does best.
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 reaching out and that he loves them all and will soon be back doing what he does best.
—Ron Rivera (@RiverboatRonHC) August 29, 2022
Robinson, 23, was drafted by commanders in the third round this year in Alabama. He finished his college career tied for 10th in Crimson Tide history with 29 rushing touchdowns and 11th with 2,704 rushing yards. He’s impressed throughout the offseason with the Commanders, so much so that he’s been expected to take on an important offensive role when the regular season begins Sept. 11.
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The rookie traveled with the Commanders for their final preseason game in Baltimore on Saturday, but did not play, with the team’s starters. During limited playing time in the first two preseason games, Robinson had 14 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown, plus two catches for 15 yards.
“Brian has been terrific,” offensive coordinator Scott Turner said during preseason. “He is a very serious guy. Football is extremely important to him. He takes great pride in being a physical runner. … I think he will continue to improve too, as the repetitions increase .
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