Shooting at Washington Nationals baseball game causes people to flee in chaos leaves at least 2 people killed and more injured
At least two people killed in the shooting during a Saturday night’s baseball game at National Park in Washington DC.
The gunfire erupted outside the Washington, DC, stadium at about 9:30 p.m., interrupting the game between the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres. Police said that the shooting occurred in the result of an argument between people in two cars outside the stadium.
A shooting has been reported outside of the Third Base Gate at Nationals Park.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 18, 2021
Fans are encouraged to exit the ballpark via the CF and RF gates at this time.
We're working with law enforcement to provide more information as soon as it becomes available.
The gunshots rang in the middle of the sixth inning and instantly set the whole stadium into chaos.
The videos of baseball fans running away from the stadium were posted on social media. Some of the fans reportedly tried to hide inside a nearby eatery where they turned over the tables to find cover.
“It was just a chaotic scene,” umpire crew chief Mark Carlson told the Associated Press. “We heard what sounded like rapid gunfire. We didn’t know where it was coming from.”
The baseball players were seen leaving the field and running to the grandstand to save the family members who attended the game. The game attenders also tried to take cover under the seats.
#BREAKING— Dana DiPiazza (@danawbrz) July 18, 2021
There are reports of an active shooter near Nationals Park in Washington DC
Fans are taking cover under seats
Helicopters are now circling the stadium
More updates to come #DCnews #Nationals #BreakingNews pic.twitter.com/z8rYo5B0uf
Players, including Fernando Tatis Jr. Just ran into stands and grabbed family members and brought them to clubhouse. pic.twitter.com/DlC1bSv3I7— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) July 18, 2021
Two men and one woman were injured. The two other victims were in one of the cars. They later walked into a local hospital with gunshot wounds, police said.
There is no information what sparkled the argument that led to the shooting. At about 10 p.m., police wrote in a tweet that there was “no ongoing threat.”
MPD is responding to a shooting in the 1500 block of South Capitol Street, SW, in which two people where shot outside of Nationals Park. This is currently an active investigation and it appears there is no ongoing threat at this time.— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) July 18, 2021
The Nationals initially announced there had been an incident outside the stadium and posted a message on the scoreboard asking fans to remain inside.
“Please remain calm and remain inside the stadium,” said the message over the loudspeaker.