For immediate release: February 1, 2023

Metro releases statement on Potomac Avenue shooting

Update 2/2/23: A fundraiser has been set up for the family of Robert Cunningham. Click here to donate. 

Metro is mourning the loss of a heroic employee, Robert Cunningham, who intervened on behalf of a customer today at Potomac Avenue Station and was a victim of senseless gun violence. Mr. Cunningham was 64 years old and a mechanic in our power department. In his remembrance, Metro has lowered its flags to half-staff during this time of grief. Below are statements issued by the Metro Board of Directors and General Manager/ Chief Executive Officer Randy Clarke. 

Board Statement from Chair Paul C. Smedberg: 
On behalf of the Metro Board, words cannot express how saddened we are to learn about the death of Mr. Cunningham. We understand that the employee acted with extreme bravery to help a customer who was being threatened by the shooter.  To the family of the Metro employee, please accept our sincerest condolences. The Board is working with management to support the Metro family. 

Statement from General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Randy Clarke: 
Today, I feel profound sadness about the loss of our Metro family member, Robert Cunningham. We grieve for our employee, his family, and all who have been affected by this senseless tragedy. I appreciate the outpouring of support Metro has received today. Gun violence must stop. Unfortunately, Metro is not immune to the violence that our country is experiencing right now. These senseless acts must be addressed together by our leaders and community. We will take time to process this loss and take care of our employees. We are all hurting and will continue to lean on each other for support.