WASHINGTON (AP) — The San Diego Padres vs Washington game was suspended for the sixth inning Saturday night after police said there was a shooting outside the National Park.
Dustin Sternbeck, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, said two people were shot. Investigators believe that, based on preliminary information, one of the victims was an employee at the stadium, he said.
Washington police later tweeted that “two other victims involved in this incident walked to area hospitals to be treated for gunshot wounds.”
More than two dozen police cars, ambulances and fire engines were on the streets outside the stadium’s third base, and a police helicopter hovered overhead.
The Padres had just taken the field at the end of the sixth half when several loud bangs rang out from the left side of the playing field.
The fans sitting in the left side of the field quickly began to leave the gate in the middle of the field. A short time later, the fans along the first base began to quickly leave their seats. Some fans gathered on the Padres’ dugout on the third base side for safety as sirens could be heard from outside the park.
The National Team then announced that there had been an incident outside the stadium and posted a notice on the scoreboard asking fans to stay in the stadium.
About 10 minutes later, the team tweeted: “A shooting was reported outside the Third Base Gate at the National Park. Fans are encouraged to get off the field via the CF and RF ports at this time.”
The Padres led 8-4 when the game was paused. It will be resumed on Sunday afternoon, followed by the regularly scheduled match.