What happened at Nats Stadium?
Nationals Game in Washington Is Halted After Shooting Outside Stadium. ... Three people were injured in a shootout between people in two vehicles, the police said, including a bystander outside the stadium who had been attending the game. The game was halted in the middle of the sixth inning, with the Padres leading, 8-4. The New York TimesShooting Outside Nationals Ballpark in Washington Halts Game
Why was the Washington Nationals game postponed today?
WASHINGTON — The game between the San Diego Padres and Washington 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. Chicago TribuneNationals-Padres game postponed after shooting outside park
18 July, 2021 - 09:00am
Three people were injured in the shooting outside Nationals Park.
The Washington Nationals game was called to an abrupt halt on Saturday night after a shooting outside the stadium.
Police said at a late-night press conference that the shooting was an isolated incident and believed to be a shootout between two vehicles.
Earlier, the team had confirmed there was a shooting outside the Third Base Gate at Nationals Park. After initially telling fans to stay in their seats due to an "incident" outside, they were then told to exit the stadium through the Centerfield or Right Field gates.
The game was in the bottom of the sixth inning when fans heard loud pops outside the park. The game was halted as fans were seen heading for the concourse and some even exited the stands onto the field and into the dugouts.
The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department said two people were shot outside the park and there did not appear to be an ongoing threat. Police later said a third person, a woman who was attending the game but was outside the park, was also struck by gunfire.
She is expected to be OK, police said. Two others believed to be involved in the shooting are being questioned at the hospital.
One car involved in the shooting has been recovered and they are looking for the second, authorities said.
The team said it will pick up the game on Sunday where it left off with a nine-inning game. The game will be part of a doubleheader.
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17 July, 2021 - 08:48pm
Something very scary is happening around Nationals Park tonight, and those in the ballpark believe it was gunshots outside the stadium. (SEE UPDATE BELOW: There was a shooting, but it seems the situation is now under control. Original post follows.)
The Nationals-Padres broadcast is a bit at a loss to describe what’s happening, but the fans are running to various exits throughout the park: “Everyone trying to get to safety … I don’t even know what safety is right now …. We’re sitting on the floor of our broadcast booth and fans have been sprinting out the gates.”
Fans could be seen running onto the field and into the dugouts at Nationals Park as the PA announcer tells fans to remain in the same stadium with reports of an active shooter outside pic.twitter.com/wPm4uaKdRm
— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) July 18, 2021
Among the reports from those at the park:
The field has been cleared and some fans are running out the left field concourse toward the exit after what sounded like several gun shots shortly after the top of the 6th ended. Don’t know for sure that’s what it was, but it certainly sounded like it.
— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) July 18, 2021
Players, including Fernando Tatis Jr. Just ran into stands and grabbed family members and brought them to clubhouse. pic.twitter.com/DlC1bSv3I7
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) July 18, 2021
Sound on pic.twitter.com/Pkj4hJludF
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) July 18, 2021
The concern inside the ballpark was very real, and I feel for these fans:
Frightened Nationals fans took cover at the report of what *sounded like* shots at Nats ballpark. But staff are telling us the incident was outside the stadium, and they’re keeping everyone inside. People hid behind bar, toppled tables to hide. pic.twitter.com/bCAP2V3qyu
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) July 18, 2021
Hope everyone is safe at Nationals park. I heard a few loud bangs and then a mass exodus. View from my roof pic.twitter.com/MA1B7z83u2
— Jalen Drummond (@jalen_drummond) July 18, 2021
UPDATE: The game is being postponed and everyone is leaving. Per the broadcast, the Nationals announced that there was a shooting outside the ballpark, but the situation is under control. Panic, understandably set in as the players and the umpires were racing off the field, which caused fans to seek safety, and it all snowballed from there. Hopefully everyone will be all right.
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.
We’re working with law enforcement to provide more information as soon as it becomes available.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 18, 2021
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