Due to Exchange of gunfire outside the stadium Nats-Padres game get suspended
The match between the San Diego Padres and Washington was suspended in the sixth inning Saturday night after the exchange of gunfire that happened outside the National Park. It caused the echoes of gunfire inside the stadium and panicked the fans to search for safety in the dugout. There was an exchange of gunfire between the people in two cars. Due to this three people were injured, according to Ashan Benedict, the Metropolitan Police Department’s executive assistant police chief.
One of the people who was shot was a woman who was attending the game and who was struck while she was outside the stadium, he said. Thankfully her injuries weren’t considered life-threatening. Two people who were in one of the cars later walked into a local hospital with gunshot wounds and were being questioned by investigators. Benedict said, and extent of their injuries wasn’t immediately clear Investigators are still in search of the second vehicle involved in the shooting.
The fans inside the stadium were panicked after hearing the sounds of the gunshots. Some of the fans ducked for cover, hiding underneath tables and behind seats as announcers warned people to stay inside the park. It became a chaotic scene “Umpire crew chief Mark Carlson told The Associated Press.” We didn’t know where it was coming from”.
The Padres had just taken the field for the bottom of the sixth when several loud pops were heard from the left field of the ballpark.
Spectators sitting in the left-field quickly began leaving through the center field gate. Then after a short time, fans along the first base side began to leave their seats briskly. Some fans went to take shelter in the third base side for cover, while sirens could be heard from the outside of the park.
Ted Borenstein,26, was at the game with his girlfriend and his best friend, celebrating her birthday and “having a great time” when he heard two pops. He taught it was practice for a firework show. Borenstein said he quickly realized it was far more serious when he saw people in the stands filling out and watched Padre’s star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. “bolt from the field”.
In the stadium’s Diamond Club, where he and his friends were, people were hiding under tables and chairs, thinking there was a shooter inside the stadium.
“People were down on the ground, kind of petrified, trying to calm down the younger kids “, he said.
“I was taken aback, I was scared”, he said.
The Nationals first announced there had been an incident was outside the stadium and posted a message on the scoreboard telling fans to remain inside the stadium.
Then ten minutes later team tweeted that “A shooting has been reported outside of the Third Base Gate at National Park. Fans are encouraged to exit the ballpark via the CF and RF gates at this time”.
More than two dozen police cars, ambulances, and fire engines were on the street outside the Third base side of the stadium and police helicopters hovered overhead.
The shooting came as Washington, like many other cities in the U.S., is facing a rising number of violent crimes and homicides. Sadly, a six-year-old girl was killed and five other people were wounded in a shooting Friday night about three miles from National Park.