Shooting outside Nationals Park causes panic inside stadium; Nationals-Padres game suspended

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CBS Sports 18 July, 2021 - 08:43am 13 views

Why was the Nationals game suspended today?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The game between the San Diego Padres and Washington was suspended in the sixth inning Saturday night after police said there was a shooting outside Nationals Park. ... Some fans crowded into the Padres' dugout on the third base side for safety as sirens could be heard from outside the park. Madison.comPadres-Nats game suspended after shooting outside DC stadium

Was there a shooting at a baseball game?

Three people were shot outside Nationals Park in Washington on Saturday night during a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres, the police said, prompting fans to pour out of the stands and players to scramble relatives to safety in a scene of fear and confusion. The New York TimesShooting Outside Nationals Ballpark in Washington Halts Game

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

A chaotic and surreal scene unfolded at Nationals Park on Saturday night during a Padres-Nationals game, as gunfire outside the stadium caused a frenzy for fans and players at the ballpark. D.C. police said there was a "shootout" between two cars right outside Nationals Park and three people were shot. One shooting victim was a female bystander who is expected to be OK, police said.

People inside the stadium described hearing multiple gun shots, which caused panic in the crowd. Players from both bullpens could be seen hustling to the clubhouse. Players also went into the stands to gather family members, and some fans sought shelter in the dugouts.

Here's more from CBS News:

CBS News congressional correspondent Kris Van Cleave was at the game and reported hearing "three bangs" in quick succession. One fan told him they sounded like fireworks, another said it sounded like automatic weapon fire. There was initial confusion and panic as some thought there was a shooter inside the park, rather than outside. Video from inside the stadium shows fans rushing for the exits, ducking between rows and some even running into the dugouts and clubhouses. One woman near Van Cleave broke down in tears.

The game was stopped for the night in the bottom of the sixth inning with the Padres leading, 8-4. Here's a look at the scene:

Fans running for the outfield exit after a sound that could have been gunshots. pic.twitter.com/G8YXhfVhk8

Initially, per those on the scene, the public address announcer told fans to stay put. But eventually the Nationals instructed fans to exit the ballpark through the right- and center-field gates.

Saturday night's game is set to resume Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET in Nationals Park with the scheduled game for Sunday to begin shortly after its conclusion. 

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Manny Machado, Fernando Tatis Jr. opened dugout so fans could escape shooting

Larry Brown Sports 17 July, 2021 - 10:46pm

Manny Machado and a few other San Diego Padres players are being credited with a heroic move following a shooting that took place outside Nationals Park on Saturday night.

Gunfire was heard outside Nationals Park during the middle of the sixth inning of Saturday’s game, leading to a scary and confusing situation for those in attendance. The Nationals relayed a few messages to the fans in attendance, telling them to exit the stadium through the outfield. Police apparently closed gates from the stands to the field.

But according to a woman in attendance, Padres players opened the gate by their dugout so some fans could take cover in a safe place. She says Manny Machado, Wil Myers and Fernando Tatis Jr. came out to direct fans to the dugout.

Videos and photos show fans in the dugout.

Just ended up in the Padres dugout bc of shooting. Thank you Manny Machado and @Padres pic.twitter.com/B2GaJ7Wt6V

— Alaina (@alaina1424) July 18, 2021

Yes, we are safe now. Was it scary? Absolutely. Happened in section 112, I was in 114. We all hit the deck. Machado, Myers, and Tatis all came out and sent fans to the dugout. I have nothing but respect for them and the @padres. The cops locked the gate, they opened it.

— Alaina (@alaina1424) 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

The game was suspended and is expected to be completed on Sunday.

DC Police said two were shot in the incident and two additional victims went to a hospital for treatment.

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