Filming sends Washington Nationals game into chaos: updates
Fans rush to evacuate after hearing during a game between the San Diego Padres and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, DC on July 17.
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The Washington Nationals’ home game on Saturday night against the San Diego Padres in the nation’s capital became a gruesome scene of chaos and confusion after a shootout outside the stadium sent fans and players alike to their feet. covered. Three people were reportedly shot dead, including a fan outside the stadium, but none suffered life-threatening injuries.
The Padres had taken the field for the bottom of the sixth inning around 9:30 p.m. when several gunshots were heard coming from the left side of the Nationals Park field. Shooting would have happened on South Capitol Street near the base’s third gate, where people in two cars exchanged gunfire, according to DC Police. A passerby, a woman attending the national championships game, was shot dead, as were two people in one of the cars. They then entered local hospitals. It is not known how many suspects there were; police have located one of the two cars and are still looking for the second on Saturday night.
At least seven shots could be heard during the live television broadcast of the match:
Confusion, terror and panic immediately followed inside the stadium. As the match was stopped and the players retreated from the pitch, fans scrambled for cover – some running to flee the stadium, while others scrambled to hide behind seats, on the floor or inside the toilet.
Some players could be seen pulling family members from the stands towards the canoe and clubhouse. They also helped some nearby fans to hide there.
By Washington To post:
Padres Tatis players Manny Machado and Wil Myers took family members and fans out of the stands to find safety in their canoe, where at least 50 people gathered, [a fan at the game] mentionned.
Ann Plaza, a McLean fan, said her group had been to the field and through the National dugout before ending up in the clubhouse near manager Dave Martinez’s office. “He was there to watch everyone,” Plaza said of Martinez. “A security guard came and asked if we were family. He said “Yeah, they’re family, they’re our fans.” The goalkeeper then asked us if we were the family of the players and then he said no. They then led us into the area just outside and we hung around until it was safe to leave. “
The presenter quickly informed fans that the shooting took place outside the stadium and asked them to “stay calm and stay inside the stadium” as authorities deal with the situation.
Some fans responded by rushing onto the pitch to try and take cover in the dugouts instead.
Eventually everyone was told it was safe to leave and they were told to exit the stadium through the center and right-hand pitch gates – and the stadium was emptied about 45 minutes after the shooting. The game have been reported and will be completed on Sunday.