Washington dc Nationals Park shooting, Nats padres game stadium active shooter

After a wild scene outside Nationals Park, the baseball game between Washington and San Diego is suspended.

On Saturday, chaos broke out at Nationals Park in Washington, when a shooting outside the stadium sent frantic fans fleeing for the exits — and panicked players grabbing loved ones from the stands.

Some terrified fans even made their way into the San Diego Padres' dugout in search of a safe haven.

The baseball game between the Nationals and Padres was suspended due to a delay and will resume Sunday.

Around 9:30 p.m., gunfire erupted outside the stadium's third-base side. According to police, four people were injured — including one who was treated inside the stadium by medical personnel.

Numerous police cars, ambulances, and fire engines rushed to the scene.

“Ladies and gentlemen, please pay attention,” the ballpark's announcer said. “At this time, we would like to request that you remain inside the stadium. Please maintain your composure.”

Remaining calm, on the other hand, proved difficult. Christine Welton, 18, told the Washington Post that she attempted but was unable to maintain her seat.

Fans take cover on the field after hearing what appeared to be shots during a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, DC on July 17, 2021.
Fans take cover on the field after hearing what appeared to be shots during a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, DC on July 17, 2021.

“However, as people stampeded behind us, we immediately descended,” Welton explained. “We had no idea what was going on.”

Fernando Tatis Jr., the Padres' star shortstop, was among the players who went into the stands to remove family members, according to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Soon afterwards, fans were instructed to exit the stadium via the outfield section of the park's gates.

The Nationals tweeted, "A shooting has been reported outside the Third Base Gate at Nationals Park." “At this time, fans are encouraged to exit the ballpark via the CF and RF gates.”

Spectators stand in the visiting team's dugout during a pause in play in the sixth inning of a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres in Washington, Saturday, July 17, 2021.
Spectators stand in the visiting team's dugout during a pause in play in the sixth inning of a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres in Washington, Saturday, July 17, 2021.

The Nationals and Padres will resume play Sunday at 1:05 p.m., the Nationals announced in a statement. In the sixth inning, San Diego led 8-4.

The shooting is still being investigated.

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