WASHINGTON (ABC7) — The general manager of well-known restaurant Millie’s Spring Valley in Northwest D.C. was shot in Georgia and left with critical injuries, officials said.
According to Atlanta Police, 34-year-old Christian Broder was shot after a robbery while waiting for an Uber outside of a country club with several other people after leaving a wedding reception.
Broder’s brother, Nicholas, tells an ABC affiliate in Atlanta that a car pulled up that they thought was their Uber, but instead a man jumped out with a gun and robbed them. Nicholas says that’s when his brother confronted the suspect to negotiate with him to get back some of the stolen belongings that included a purse, several wallets, a cell phone and some cash. Police say the suspect turned around and shot Broader in the stomach.
“Apparently, they had all been robbed, so they had their wallets and cell phones taken, so when I drove up just as he was being shot, you know, having a cell phone was critical for that moment,” said Jaime Griffon, who witnessed the incident.
Broder is also the general manager of several popular restaurants in D.C. and Georgetown Events. He is married and has a 9-month-old baby.
ABC7's John Gonzalez spoke with the owner of Millie's who told him they are holding out hope for Broder to make a full recovery. He says Broder underwent a surgery to remove his large intestine and opened his eyes for the first time on Wednesday.
Police released a sketch of the suspect and ask that anyone with information contact them immediately.
The owner of Georgetown Events released the following statement:
The Georgetown Events family is devastated by the heartless and cowardly act of violence against our beloved friend, partner and colleague, Christian. He is the loving father of 9 month old Frances, the husband of my wife's sister Molly and the son of the wonderful Broder family of Atlanta. He is in critical condition in intensive care fighting so hard to live. The staff at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta has worked around the clock since Sunday performing one miraculous surgery after another to keep Christian alive. Please pray for him. A Gofundme page has been set up.
--Bo Blair President Georgetown Events