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Why was the Washington Nationals game postponed today?

A reported shooting outside the third-base gate at Nationals Park during the game between the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres forced fans and players to run for cover Saturday night. The game, which was in the sixth inning, was postponed to Sunday. FOXSports.comPadres-Nationals postponed after shooting outside stadium

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The D.C. police union criticized elected officials who "won't let us do our jobs" in the wake of a shooting that left three people wounded outside a Washington Nationals baseball game. 

"Welcome to Washington, D.C. Where violent crime permeates everything," the union tweeted, with footage showing crowds rushing to exit Nationals Park. 

D.C. police said Sunday they are seeking a vehicle caught on surveillance video fleeing the scene.

Detectives from the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s First District are appealing to the public for information about a gray Toyota Corolla with a missing hubcap on the rear driver’s side wheel and dark tinted windows. Authorities said the vehicle was captured on a nearby surveillance camera fleeing the shooting that broke out around 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1300 block of South Capitol Street, Southwest. 

The vehicle, believed to be displaying a Virginia temporary tag, is being sought "in reference to an assault with a dangerous weapon offense," police said. As with other violent crimes, the department is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Anyone who can identify the vehicle or who has knowledge of this incident is directed to call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the department's TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.

Photos and video circulated online Saturday showed players and fans fleeing for safety after gunshots heard from Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. interrupted the sixth inning of the game against the San Diego Padres.

Outside the stadium Saturday, police found an adult female, conscious and breathing, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Police were later notified about two additional adult male victims who were seeking treatment at an area hospital for non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

A preliminary investigation determined that individuals inside two separate vehicles were firing guns at each other outside the stadium. Police said Saturday night that one of the vehicles had been apprehended, Fox 5 DC reported.  

The Washington Nationals said the shooting happened at the bottom of the sixth inning outside the Third Base Gate. Team manager Davey Martinez later thanked fans for handling themselves in an admirable manner by staying calm and helping one another. 

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Nationals-Padres game suspended after shooting outside Nationals Park gate

Yahoo Sports 18 July, 2021 - 09:11pm

Dan Wetzel, Pat Forde, Pete Thamel

Four people were shot directly outside the stadium's third base gate, the DC Police Department confirmed on Twitter. Police told The Washington Post that a man had been shot in the leg and a woman shot in the back, while two others walked into local hospitals for treatment.

The Nationals reacted to the confusion by cautioning fans to stay inside the stadium, but later confirmed there had been a shooting and encouraged fans to exit through gates in the outfield. The building was later evacuated, including the press box, while the police blocked off the scene of the crime.

The shots appeared partially audible on the MASN broadcast as the Nationals returned to the dugout after the top of the sixth inning:

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Washington Nationals' game suspended as police say three injured in shooting outside stadium

ESPN 18 July, 2021 - 09:11pm

WASHINGTON -- The game between the San Diego Padres and the Washington Nationals was suspended in the sixth inning Saturday night after a shooting outside Nationals Park that caused echoes of gunfire inside the stadium and prompted fans to scramble for safety in the dugout.

The shooting, an exchange of gunfire between people in two cars, left three people injured, according to Ashan Benedict, the Metropolitan Police Department's executive assistant police chief. One of the people shot was a woman attending the game who was struck while she was outside the stadium, he said. Her injuries weren't considered life-threatening.

Two people who were in one of the cars later walked into a local hospital with gunshot wounds and were being questioned by investigators, Benedict said, and the extent of their injuries wasn't immediately clear. Investigators were still trying to locate the second vehicle involved in the shooting.

The gunshots caused panic among fans inside the stadium, some of whom ducked for cover, hiding underneath tables and behind seats as announcers warned people to stay inside the park.

"It was just a chaotic scene,'' umpire crew chief Mark Carlson told The Associated Press. "We heard what sounded like rapid gunfire. We didn't know where it was coming from.''

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 ballpark. Players from both teams cleared the field.

Fans sitting in left field quickly began leaving through the center field gate. A short time later, fans along the first base side began briskly leaving their seats.

Some fans crowded into the Padres' dugout on the third base side for cover, while sirens could be heard from outside the park.

Ted Borenstein, 26, was at the game with his girlfriend and his best friend, celebrating her birthday and "having a great time'' when he heard two pops. He said the group thought it was practice for a fireworks show.

Borenstein said he quickly realized it was far more serious when he saw people in the stands start filing out and watched Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. "bolt from the field."

In the stadium's Diamond Club, where he and his friends were, people were hiding under tables and chairs, thinking there was a shooter inside the stadium.

"People were down on the ground, kind of petrified, trying to calm down the younger kids,'' he said.

"I was taken aback, I was scared,'' he said.

Tatis later took to Twitter to express his concern for fans and his gratitude to frontline workers.

Hope everyone is safe! Just keep the prayers up🙏🏾 thank you everyone that help in the front line ! God bless 🙏🏾

The Nationals initially announced there had been an incident outside the stadium and posted a message on the scoreboard telling fans to remain inside the stadium.

About 10 minutes later, the team tweeted: "A shooting has been reported outside of the Third Base Gate at Nationals Park. Fans are encouraged to exit the ballpark via the CF and RF gates at this time.''

More than two dozen police cars, ambulances and fire engines were on the street outside the third-base side of the stadium and a police helicopter hovered overhead.

Arman Ramnath, 27, a recent law school graduate from nearby Arlington, Virginia, said he and a friend were sitting on the third-base side of Nationals Park when they heard what sounded like fireworks.

"We weren't sure what it was. Then everyone started ducking,'' Ramnath said.

Ramnath said he and his friend ended up hiding behind the seats for five or more minutes. After a while people started getting up and leaving, he said, but stadium announcements told fans to wait. Eventually they were allowed to leave.

"It felt very surreal. I wasn't really sure how to react,'' Ramnath said. "I mean, you hear about it ... but you never expect it to be something that could affect you.''

Police had initially said they believed one of the victims worked at the stadium, but that was not the case.

The Padres led 8-4 when the game was halted. It will be resumed Sunday afternoon, followed by the regularly scheduled game. Officials said fans should expect to see an increased police presence at Sunday's game.

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