Arrest made during shooting of commanders ball carriers Brian Robinson Jr.

Police have arrested a 17-year-old in connection with the shooting of Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. during an attempted robbery in August along the H Street commercial strip in northeastern Washington, authorities said Wednesday.

DC Police Chief Robert J. Contee III announced the arrest at a press conference, condemning the incident as “yet another case of a minor with an illegal weapon.”

“Enough is enough,” Contee said. “We need to keep guns out of the reach of young people in our city.”

Contee credited investigators with helping investigators identify the arrestee, who was 16 when the shooting happened. He said police are still looking for two other suspects and investigators are trying to determine who fired the shots.

Two people, including the arrested 17-year-old, allegedly got their hands on the gun at one point, and another drove a vehicle to get away, Contee said. Police have not identified the 17-year-old, who is charged with being a minor.

“It was because the community called and texted our whistleblower line that we were able to make this arrest,” Contee said. The police had previously photos published captured by a surveillance camera near two people they described as suspects in the case.

Police previously said two people approached Robinson after he left a storefront in the 1000 block of H Street NE shortly before 6 p.m. on August 28. men before the other shoots him.

The shooting took place two days before Commanders are due to draw up their initial active roster for the 2022 season. Robinson, who was selected in the third round of the draft in April, was set to play a key role in the attack , even potentially opening the season as the starting tailback of the Commanders.

But instead of preparing for the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1, Robinson underwent surgery the day after the shooting at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and began a week-long rehabilitation program to return to the field.

The bullets, one of which landed just above his knee and the other in the area of ​​his hip, fortuitously did not cause significant damage and bypassed important ligaments and bones.

Robinson was placed on the commanders’ injured reserve list, sidelined for four weeks before returning to training. He made his NFL debut in Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans, recording nine carries for 22 yards.

“I was so happy. I can’t even explain it,” he said the following week. “I’m just lucky to be here, for real. I feel like I’m living my second life.”

In Robinson’s four games (including two starts) this season, he’s had 54 carries, 175 rushing yards and one touchdown, as well as two catches for 13 yards.

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Contee had previously said the attackers appeared to be between 15 and 17 years old. Police said a gun was recovered about a block south of the shooting. Prince George’s County police say the stolen vehicle the pair used to flee the scene was recovered about four miles from FedEx Field.

Arrests of minors were up nearly 13% from the same period last year, Contee said. He said that meant nearly 900 children had been arrested in connection with crimes.

“It’s a very alarming number,” he added.

After the shooting, commanders coach Ron Rivera said he could “feel the anger rising” about Robinson’s situation and gun violence in the United States. Sporting a “Wear Orange” t-shirt in support of the gun violence prevention movement, he called for more discussion about gun safety.

Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said “what we’ve seen in this case and others is just wanton use of a gun that hurts somebody.”

Robinson’s shooting also drew attention to DC’s gun violence problem and attempts by city leaders to disrupt crime in three nightlife areas, including the restaurant-lined H Street corridor. and popular bars.

Peter Hermann, Lauren Lumpkin and Razzan Nakhlawi contributed to this report.

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