The Washington Nationals Game Has Been Canceled Due to a Shooting Outside the Stadium.
In a scene of fear and confusion, fans poured out of Nationals Park. According to police, three people were injured in a shootout.
Three people were shot outside Nationals Park in Washington on Saturday night, police said, during a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres, prompting fans to pour out of the stands and players to scramble relatives to safety in a scene of fear and confusion.
The police stated that they were investigating the shooting and that no further threat existed. Three people, including a bystander outside the stadium who had been attending the game, were injured in a shootout between people in two vehicles, police said.
The game was called with the Padres leading 8-4 in the middle of the sixth inning. Officials with the Nationals stated that the game would resume on Sunday afternoon and the teams would then play their regularly scheduled game on Sunday.
The Nationals postgame news conference with players and the team's manager has been canceled. They stated on Twitter that fans were urged to exit through the center field and right field gates.
Later in the day, officials stated that there was no threat to anyone inside the stadium.
“At no point during this incident were individuals inside the stadium attending the game in any danger,” Ashan Benedict, executive assistant police chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, said. “This was not an incident involving an active shooter.”
Mr. Benedict stated that the shooting vehicles had been driven away from the stadium. One of them was apprehended, and two others who were in the vehicle were being interviewed at a hospital, he said. Mr. Benedict added that the bystander who was shot "is expected to be fine."
Police initially stated that four people had been shot, but later revised the figure to three.
At the game, fans reported hearing what sounded like gunshots coming from the park's third-base side. Many players were initially perplexed, and they exited the field. Numerous fans attempted to flee.
The stadium's loudspeaker announced, "Please maintain your composure and remain inside the stadium."
Jacob DeAngeles, 25, said he was sitting in Section 106 near the foul pole on the left-field side with his girlfriend and a friend when people began running up the stairs and he heard someone yell, "Active shooter."
“At first, we believed it was inside the stadium,” he explained. “It was instantaneous panic.”
Mr. DeAngeles stated that he jumped the turnstiles with his friend and girlfriend and then made his way onto the street and back home as police cars converged on the area.
“It's insane,” he stated. “You don't believe you're going to have that experience, but you hear 'active shooter' and immediately flee.”
Nick Butler, 28, said he was sitting in the stands beyond center field, watching the weather and pondering whether the game would be rained out. He assumed the rain had arrived when he noticed fans sprinting behind home plate, but then noticed that some were ducking and that the players were not in the dugouts.
Mr. Butler stated that he leapt from his seat and made his way to the center field concourse in search of an exit. He turned a corner and was informed by a staff member that he could not exit that way. Then he noticed "a stampede of people running toward us."
That's when he realized "something is going on here," he explained.
He claimed he turned, ran, and entered what he described as a Nationals operations center, where he hid beneath tables and waited for a public announcement indicating that fans could leave.
“I take some solace in the fact that we were never truly in danger,” he explained.
After the game, the metro platform at the Navy Yard station was crowded, as it usually is following a game, but the fans were quieter than usual, with many people sharing their memories of what they had heard.