Commanders head coach Ron Rivera is calling for stricter gun laws in the wake of running back Brian Robinson’s shooting.
On Sunday afternoon, Robinson was shot twice in the leg after an attempted car-jacking in the D.C. area. He did not suffer any life-threatening injuries and will apparently recover quickly.
Via Washington Post
Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. is in stable condition after he was shot in his lower extremities during a possible attempted carjacking or armed robbery in Washington, according to a D.C. police spokesman.
The spokesman, Dustin Sternbeck, confirmed Robinson was the victim and the shooting occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of H Street NE. Robinson was shot twice and was taken to a hospital for treatment. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Police are looking into the possibility of the incident being an armed robbery or an attempted carjacking. They said they recovered the firearm in the 700 block of 10th Street NE — about a block south of the scene of the shooting — and were looking for two juveniles with shoulder-length dreadlocks. One was wearing a black or brown shirt with yellow smiley faces on it. No further details were immediately available.
Rivera spoke to the media on Monday morning and called for politicians to unite to enforce stricter gun laws to end gun violence.
"This continues to be a nationwide epidemic. … People are dying unnecessarily."
Ron Rivera spoke about gun violence in the country following the shooting of Commanders RB Brian Robinson. pic.twitter.com/w8ug0kAwQW
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“We really got to start getting to the point where we start talking about gun safety, & we can’t make this a partisan issue. …It just shows you it can happen anywhere and to anybody. So it’s just something that we need to work on & come together to be able to solve.”
Rivera also spoke about Robinson’s current status in which he says the running back has no timeline for return but is recovering well from hin injuries.
“I can’t get into specifics of it other than to say he’s doing well. I had an opportunity to visit with him last night, which was really a relief and kind of cool because he was in a really good place,” Rivera said, via Ben Standig of TheAthletic.com. “The doctors were very positive with him and he was very positive as well. He’s very fortunate, it’s a very unfortunate situation. He’s doing well, it’s just gonna be a matter of time before he’s back out here. There is no timeline, but, as I said, everything’s been very positive.”
Robinson posted a photo on Instagram informing fans that surgery had gone well.
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