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Nationals-Padres game suspended after shooting outside Nationals Park


Saturday night’s game in Washington between the Nationals and Padres was suspended after a shooting took place outside the stadium.

The game was halted in the middle of the sixth inning. It will resume at 1:05 p.m. ET Sunday, followed by the regularly scheduled game.

Reporters covering the game tweeted that they heard what sounded like gunshots before the stoppage. Field microphones for the Nationals’ television and radio broadcasts picked up audio of what sounded like shots.

As fans moved rapidly from their seats to stadium exits and other fans took cover in the stands, the stadium’s public address announcer told the sellout crowd that there was an incident outside and to remain in the park. The Nationals later announced the shooting took place outside the third-base gate at the stadium.

The park was cleared shortly after 10 p.m. ET.

Metropolitan Police in D.C. tweeted that officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 1500 block of South Capitol Street SW, outside the stadium. Two people were shot and two other people “associated” with the shooting walked into area hospitals with gunshot wounds, police said.

The Washington Post reported (subscription required) that a woman was shot in the back and a man was shot in the leg, with police believing the two were wounded in the same incident. The Post also reported that all the gunshot wounds are believed to be non-life-threatening. 

A video montage of the chaotic early moments:

Padres players, including Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado, ushered fans out of the stands and into the dugout and clubhouse for safety.

Nationals personnel did the same for fans in the first-base stands.

This article has been updated.


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