The general manager of a popular D.C. restaurant is in critical condition after being shot after a wedding reception in Atlanta over the weekend.
Just after midnight Sunday morning, 34-year-old Christian Broder was waiting for an Uber with his wife, his brother and his sister-in-law outside the Capital City Club when a car pulled up to them. They thought it was their ride until a young man wearing jeans and a gray, hooded sweatshirt got out of the car, pointed a silver and black handgun at them, and robbed them, taking a cellphone, a purse, wallets and cash.
When the man returned to the car, Broder followed him, police said.
“From what I understand, Christian said something to the effect of, ‘Are you sure you want to do this … Why are you doing this?’ And the guy just absolutely flipped out and said, ‘So you want to die over this,’ and shot him point blank in the stomach and then got back in the car and left,” said Bo Blair, Broder’s brother-in-law and the owner of Millie’s, a northwest D.C. restaurant where Broder has worked for two years.
According to Atlanta police, the car used in the shooting was taken in a carjacking July 6. Police have surveillance video of a person of interest in the carjacking but aren't sure whether it's the same person involved in the shooting.
Police released a sketch of the shooter.
Police also have received one tip and are reviewing surveillance video from the country club and surrounding homes.
The staff at Millie’s is too upset to talk about it, Blair said.
“Just everybody is just so devastated,” he said. “All the staff and all the people that know him just love him. He’s an amazing guy. Just such a mellow, thoughtful, amazing guy. Everybody is really, really devastated by this situation.”
Broder has a 9-month-old daughter, and his wife teaches pre-kindergarten.
He is in intensive care at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.
“The family has turned the chapel at Piedmont into a hotel,” Blair said. “He’s from Atlanta and has a tremendous amount of family down there. They’ve been on a 24-hour vigil since this happened on Sunday morning.”