WASHINGTON - A D.C. ice cream truck driver is recovering in the hospital after he was shot by robbers in Southeast. Police are still searching for the two suspects who got away with only $30.
The victim, Ryland Jones, is a father of four children and is part of a go-go band, according to his family.
Jones was shot at around 2 p.m on Memorial Day on Skyland Place. According to a police report, Jones told officers that two men approached him asking to buy ice cream, and then one of them pulled out a gun and demanded money.
Jones’ stepfather, Lorenzo Thompson, has spoken to Jones about what happened.
“He gave them $30,” said Thompson. “He said if he had more, he would have gave them more. He said, ‘Welcome yourself to anything that’s on the truck. Take anything.’”
Thompson said his stepson was shot in the leg because the robbers thought he had money he wasn’t giving up. He said his family was frantic when they heard the news, especially because Jones often brings his kids on the truck.
“God was so good that he did not have his kids on the truck with him,” Thompson said.
He said he is shocked by what happened because Jones is not about the street life and is committed to his family and his music.
In addition to being shot, Thompson said Jones also hurt his hip trying to get off the truck and get help.
“He broke his hip or messed his hip up, so now he is dealing with another situation,” Thompson said. “You know, we are praying for the best, for everything to come out to be a little better than what it seems to be. But at the end of the day, we do have his life.”