Shooting halted Washington Nationals game, chaos inside stadium


Chaos broke out during a baseball game Saturday night in National Park – after fans fled or took cover under seats – after four people were shot outside a Washington, D.C., stadium.

DC Police Department said on twitter That two people were shot outside the ballpark, it said, adding that “two additional victims linked to the incident” had gone to hospitals with gunshot wounds.

“There was no danger,” police wrote in a tweet at around 10 p.m., adding that the game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres had been suspended.

many loud bangs been heard As soon as the players were leaving the field in the middle of the sixth innings at around 9.30 pm.

“Everybody thought a machine was busted or there was fireworks going off outside or something,” national fan Stephen Lyon, 20, told The Post over the phone after the devastation.

“Then there was a mass panic from that area especially just outside the gate. Everyone was like ‘Oh this is something that wasn’t fireworks,'” said the college student, who was sitting on Section 111 near the third base line.

Fans said officers did not address the sound of gunshots over loudspeakers for at least five minutes, leading to “horrific”.

“I saw the staff there like deer in the headlights,” another attendee, Jaime Varela, 31, told The Post.

“They didn’t know what was going on, they didn’t know what to tell us,” Varela said, adding that he saw people ducking for cover and trying to get out of their perch in the right field terrace. Scrambled for

“For a good five minutes no one knew what was going on.”

Fans can be seen taking cover under their seats as helicopters circled the ballpark, footage tweeted A reporter for WBRZ-TV showed up.

Police sirens sounded as panic spread, with many in the crowd trying to book it outside the ballpark.

Scoreboard displays a message to fans during a pause in play due to an incident near the ballpark in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Washington, Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres, Saturday, July 17, 2021.
The Washington National scoreboard displays a message to fans during a game against the San Diego Padres on July 17, 2021.
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a person shared footage Crowds of fans tried to exit the stadium – only to quickly move to the second exit as armed police stood guard.

“I was on third ground in section 115 where it has happened,” another person tweeted. “It was crazy. Everyone ducked and at least 2000-3000 people ran into the tunnels in the dugouts on the field.”

other video shown Fans in fear and confusion on the field or in the dugout.

footage taken from a nearby terrace featured the frantic mass evacuation of the stadium, which is in the city’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.

Players can be seen running into the stands, including Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who grabbed the family members and brought them to the clubhouse, in posted video By Padres reporter Kevin AC of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Spectators take cover during a game stoppage due to an incident near the ballpark during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres on Saturday, July 17, 2021 in Washington.
The spectators take cover during the chaos.
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Spectators leave the stadium after an incident near the ballpark during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Washington, Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres, Saturday, July 17, 2021.
The spectators came out of the stadium after the firing incident.
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Fans take to the field after hearing gunshots from outside the stadium during a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Washington Nationals at National Park in Washington, July 17, 2021.
Fans take to the field after hearing gunshots outside National Park in Washington on July 17, 2021.
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Fans jump well into cameras after hearing gunshots sound from outside the stadium during a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Washington Nationals in National Park in Washington, on Saturday, July 17, 2021.
Fans jumped into the camera after hearing gunshots from outside the national park.
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Fans rush to the exit after hearing gunshots during a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Washington Nationals in National Park in Washington, July 17, 2021.  Police said the game was suspended in the sixth inning.  Stadium.  (=John McDonnell/The Washington Post via AP)
Hearing the sound of gunshots, fans rushed to the exit.

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National pitcher Patrick Corbin was one of many who ran for the crowd. Others rushed to the bathroom or suite, accordingly To an NBC Washington photojournalist.

The Nationals initially announced that an incident had taken place outside the stadium and posted a message on the scoreboard asking fans to stay inside.

About 10 minutes later, the home team tweeted that a shooting was reported outside the third base gate and that “fans are encouraged to exit the ballpark through the CF and RF gates at this time.”

The game was halted in the sixth inning, with the San Diego Nets leading 8–4. It will resume on Sunday afternoon, followed by regularly scheduled play.

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