DC police said 19-year-old David Robinson was shot and killed for his Nike sneakers Sunday morning on Foote Street in Northeast. (Published Tuesday, Jan 10, 2012)
A 19-year-old D.C. man was shot and killed in Northeast for his tennis shoes, Mayor Vincent Gray said Sunday night.
Police found David Lee Robinson suffering from multiple gunshot wounds early Sunday morning in the 5700 block of Foote Street NE.
Robinson was later transported to Howard University Hospital, where he died.
Mayor Gray recounted the circumstances of the deadly shooting during a candlelight against gun violence Sunday night at the Shiloh Baptist Church.
"He was being robbed for his Nike tennis shoes," Gray said. "A life for a pair of Nike tennis shoes? Come on, ladies and gentlemen. It is time for us to be able to end this type of tragic violence in our society."
The mayor said that there had been a shootout at Foote Street, and that bullet casings littered the scene. Gray described the deadly exchange as a "gun battle."
The killing was the third homicide in the District for 2012.
D.C. police are offering a $25,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Metropolitan Police Department. Anonymous tipsters can call 1-800-673-2777 or text 50411.