WASHINGTON – The game between the San Diego Padres and Washington was called off in the sixth inning Saturday night after police said there was a shooting outside Nationals Park.
Two people were shot, said Dustin Sternbeck, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department. Investigators believe, based on preliminary information, that one of the victims was a stadium employee, he said.
Later, Washington police tweeted that “two additional victims associated with this incident entered area hospitals to receive treatment for gunshot wounds.”
Two additional victims associated with this incident were admitted to area hospitals to receive treatment for gunshot wounds. MPD is on the scene and actively investigating at this time.
– DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) July 18, 2021
More than two dozen police cars, ambulances and fire trucks were in the street outside the third base side of the stadium and a police helicopter was hovering over them.
The Padres had just taken the field for the bottom of the sixth when several loud pops were heard from the left field side of the stadium.
The fans seated in left field quickly began pouring out the center field gate. A short time later, fans along the first base side began to quickly leave their seats. Some fans crowded into the Padres’ bench on the third base side for safety, as sirens could be heard from outside the park.
The Nationals then announced that there had been an incident outside the stadium and posted a message on the scoreboard telling fans to stay inside the stadium.
Approximately 10 minutes later, the team tweeted: “A shooting was reported outside the Third Base Gate in the National Park. Fans are encouraged to exit the stadium through the CF and RF gates at this time.”
The Padres led 8-4 when the game was stopped. It will resume on Sunday afternoon, followed by the regularly scheduled game.