Police are looking into the possibility of the incident being an armed robbery or attempted carjacking. They said they found the gun in the 700 block of 10th Street NE — about a block south of the shooting scene — and were looking for two children with bandanas. One was wearing a black or brown shirt with yellow smiley faces on it. No further details were immediately available.
“We have been informed 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 non-life threatening injuries and is currently hospitalized, where team officials are with him. We ask that you respect Brian’s privacy at this time.”
Coach Ron Rivera was among Commander and Robinson’s team at the hospital. Team owners Daniel and Tanya Snyder, President Jason Wright, General Manager Martin Mayhew, chief medical officer Tony Casolaro and director of mental health Barbara Roberts were also with Robinson and his family.
“I’m done visiting [with] Brian,” Rivera tweeted Sunday night. “He’s in great shape and wanted to thank everyone for their kind words, prayers and support. He wants his teammates to know he appreciates all of them for reaching out and he loves them all and he’ll be back soon doing what he does best.”
Just finished visiting w/Brian. He is in good spirits and wanted 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 loves them all and will soon be back doing what he does best.
-Ron Rivera (@RiverboatRonHC) August 29, 2022
Robinson, 23, was drafted by the Commanders 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 Commanders, so much so that he was expected to play a bigger role in the offense when the regular season begins on September 11.
The player traveled with the Commanders to them final preseason game in Baltimore on Saturday but he did not play, along with the starters of the team. During limited playing time in the first two preseason games, Robinson totaled 14 carries for 57 yards and one touchdown, along with two catches for 15 yards.
“Brian has been great,” offensive coordinator Scott Turner said during the preseason. “He is a very careful person. Soccer is very important to him. He takes great pride in being a physical runner. … I think he will continue to get better as well, as the reps increase.”