Redskins' Punt Returner Injured in Double Stabbing

An argument turned into a slashing at posh D.C. club "the Park" early Saturday morning, injuring two.

Redskins' kick returner Brandon Banks was one of the two injured in the incident.  Police said that he was stabbed once in the upper body, but was in stable condition during the day Saturday.  His companion at the club, Christopher Lee Nixon, was stabbed multiple times and was hospitalized in critical condition.

Initial reports indicated that Banks' wounds were superficial, but emergency officials told NBC4, "we had two injuries that were fairly serious."

Police said the violence was precipitated by an argument that occurred 3 a.m. Saturday outside the club, located at 920 14th Street in the Northwest.  After the fight escalated, a suspect, who is now in custody, attacked both Banks and his companion with a knife, police said.

The suspect has been identified as 24-year-old Jason Shorter of Lanham, Md.  Shorter was charged with 1 count of assault with a deadly weapon and appointed an attorney by the court Saturday.

Authorities said they were still investigating what caused the argument, which was captured on the club's surveillance camera.  Neither Banks nor Nixon had made it inside before the stabbing happened.

Around 1 a.m. on Saturday, the Redskins return man tweeted out, "park gonna b to much for me tonight."

This past season was Banks' first year in the NFL.  He joined the Redskins after two years at Kansas State.

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