Why did the Padres game get suspended?
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. KTLASan Diego Padres game suspended after shooting outside Washington, D.C. stadium
18 July, 2021 - 01:00am
Players rushed off the field and the game was halted. (Representational)
Four people were shot outside a baseball stadium crowded with thousands of spectators in the US capital on Saturday, causing the game to be abruptly halted as spectators were ushered out.
Police said four people had been shot but there was "no ongoing threat", without clarifying the condition of the gunshot victims.
Police tweeted officers were "responding to a shooting... in which two people where shot outside of Nationals Park," in the Navy Yard neighborhood of southern Washington, DC.
Shortly after, it tweeted that "two additional victims associated with this incident walked into area hospitals for treatment of gunshot wounds.
"This is currently an active investigation and it appears there is no ongoing threat at this time," it added.
Two AFP journalists who were at the game said some spectators had rushed for the exits after hearing the gunshots, while others remained in their seats at the announcer's initial urging.
Players rushed off the field and the game was halted after what sounded like a dozen or more shots were heard from outside the stadium.
The lights of multiple police cars lit up the street and sirens could be heard, as the crowd attending the game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres was then asked to leave the stadium.
Minutes after the incident, the Washington Nationals official account tweeted that "a shooting has been reported outside of the Third Base Gate at Nationals Park" and encouraged fans to exit the ballpark.
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The team confirmed in a statement on Twitter that a shooting had been reported outside the Third Base Gate at Nationals Park and urged spectators to leave the area.
D.C. Police confirmed that four people were shot just outside the ballpark. Two of them were transported to a hospital from the scene, and two others brought themselves to local hospitals for treatment, police said.
Authorities gave no further details on the circumstances of the shooting but said it was not related to the baseball game.
“This is currently an active investigation and it appears there is no ongoing threat at this time,” police said.
The game has subsequently been suspended and scheduled to resume Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
The shooting came as the city was still reeling from the drive-by shooting that killed a 6-year-old girl and left five others injured a day earlier.
Just hours before gunfire erupted in Nationals Park late Saturday, Washington, D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee gave an emotional press conference where he condemned the city’s gun violence and said he was “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
17 July, 2021 - 05:10pm