Police are investigating whether the incident was an armed robbery or an attempted carjacking. They said they recovered a gun and were looking for two juveniles with shoulder-length dreadlocks in the 700 block of NE 10th Street — about a block south of where the shooting happened. One wore a black or brown shirt with a yellow smile. No further details were immediately available.
“We have learned that Brian Robinson Jr. was the victim of an attempted armed robbery or carjacking in Washington, DC,” commanders said in a statement Sunday night. “He suffered life-threatening injuries and is currently being treated in hospital where team officers are on site with him. We ask that you respect Brian’s privacy at this time.
Coach Ron Rivera was among the commanders with Robinson at the hospital, a person familiar with the situation said. Team owners Daniel and Tanya Snyder, president Jason Wright, general manager Martin Mayhew, chief medical officer Tony Casolaro and mental health director Barbara Roberts were with Robinson and his family.
Robinson, 23, was drafted by the Generals in the third round this year out of 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 impressed throughout the season with the Chiefs, so he was expected to play a bigger role in the offense when the regular season begins Sept. 11.
The novice traveled with the generals Saturday’s final preseason game is in Baltimore But did not play alongside the team’s starters. Playing limited time in the first two preseason games, Robinson had 14 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown, and two catches for 15 yards.
“Brian was great,” offensive coordinator Scott Turner said during the season. “He’s a real serious guy. Football is very important to him. He takes a lot of pride in being a physical runner. … I think he’s going to continue to get better as the reps increase.
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