Padres vs. Nationals Game Suspended After Shooting Outside StadiumJuly 18, 2021
Saturday's game between the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres was suspended in the sixth inning as emergency services respond to a shooting just outside Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
The Nationals tweeted that a shooting had been reported outside the Third Base Gate. Fans were being asked to exit the stadium through center-field and right-field gates.
Following the top of the sixth inning, the sound of gunshots sent players and fans scrambling. Multiple Padres players were seen running into the stands to usher family members into the clubhouse and away from the field.
Fans were initially asked to remain inside the stadium before further details were made available.
District police confirmed multiple people were shot outside the stadium and said there appeared to be no further threat to the area.
Video posted to social media from around the stadium shows a number of fans creating barricades with tables, while others were seen attempting to direct people toward safer areas. A number of those inside the stadium were spotted running to the center-field exits, while some sought refuge in the dugouts.
Jennifer Jacobs @JenniferJJacobs
Frightened Nationals fans took cover at the report of what *sounded like* shots at Nats ballpark. But staff are telling us the incident was outside the stadium, and they’re keeping everyone inside. People hid behind bar, toppled tables to hide. <a href="https://t.co/bCAP2V3qyu">pic.twitter.com/bCAP2V3qyu</a>
Saturday's game will resume at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday with the day's scheduled contest set to begin after a 25-45 minute intermission.