Edward Robinson, 22, wanted to watch "Baretta." His brother Andrew, 18, wanted to see "Alfred Hitchcock" and wouldn't take no for an answer.
Felicia, their 24-year-old sister, pulled the plug to settle the argument, but to no avail. Before it was all over, Prince George's County police said, what had begun as a brotherly squabble Wednesday night ended with three gunshots being fired and Edward and Felicia Robinson being rushed by ambulance from their apartment at 5434 Livingston Ter., Oxon Hill, to Greater Southeast Community Hospital.
Police said Andrew A. Robinson turned himself in at 7:20 last night and was charged with two counts of assault with intent to murder, and was being held pending a bond hearing. His brother and sister were reported in stable condition at the hospital.
"I wanted to watch 'Baretta.' He wanted to watch 'Alfred Hitchcock,' " said Edward Robinson, a former Army artillery specialist, from his hospital bed.
"We usually got along," he said. "It was just an incident."
Edward Robinson said he changed the station from Channel 20, just as the Hitchcock show was about to begin at 11:30 p.m., to Channel 5, to watch "Baretta," his favorite program, starring actor Robert Blake.
"I watch it every night," said Edward. "I just like the way he solves his cases. He's undercover."
Baretta, often disguised in the series, has been known not to pull his punches. Following suit, the two brothers had a fistfight, Edward Robinson said. Felicia Robinson, a recreation aide at the Marine Barracks Annex in Arlington, pulled the plug and moved the television set out of the living room.
Then, Edward Robinson said, he went to retrieve the set and his brother "dropped the TV on my foot."
After a scuffle between the brothers, Edward Robinson said, he was shot in the chest and armpit and his sister was shot in the back of the shoulder. He said his brother fled after the fight and his brother's girlfriend called an ambulance.
Felicia Robinson spent the night in the hospital emergency room in critical condition, with what police said was a gunshot wound in her neck. Her brother was admitted to the hospital in good condition.
Edward Robinson said he has been employed off and on since his 1983 discharge and hopes to rejoin the service. These days, he said, he mostly cares for his 3-year-old nephew. Edward, Andrew and Felicia Robinson all live with their mother Joyce Robinson, who works as a clerk for the Navy, Edward Robinson said. She was at another hospital with a pinched nerve, he said.
Andrew Robinson, his brother said, "does nothing. He runs the streets" and has had brushes with the law before.
Edward Robinson said there was a TV in his hospital room. "I plan to watch 'Baretta' tonight." Staff writer Joseph E. Bouchard contributed to this report.