Game suspended after three shot outside Nats Park (updated)

The Nationals’ game against the Padres tonight came to an abrupt halt after a shooting took place outside Nationals Park following the top of the sixth inning.

Moments after Kyle Finnegan struck out Wil Myers to end the half-inning around 9:30 p.m., with the Padres leading 8-4, a series of approximately five or six gunshots could be heard emanating from behind the third base stands. Within a minute or so, a group of fans could be seen racing along the main concourse toward the center field exits, and a member of the umpiring crew cleared the field.

Empty-Nationals-Park-at-Opener-Sidebar.jpgAfter an initial period of chaos that saw some fans try to escape onto the field and through the dugouts while others ran to take cover wherever possible, public address announcer Jerome Hruska informed fans the incident had taken place outside the stadium and asked everyone to remain inside the park for the time being.

About 15 minutes later, Hruska then informed fans they could calmly exit the ballpark through the center field and right field gates only. Fans slowly made their way out, though some remained in their seats for some time until the announcement was finally made that the game had been suspended.

It will resume Sunday at 1:05 p.m., with the Nationals coming up to bat in the bottom of the sixth. Upon completion of this game, the regularly scheduled series finale will be played. Both games will be played through the full nine innings, the team announced.

The D.C. Police Department initially said two people were shot on the 1500 block of South Capitol Street, which runs behind the third base line. The department later added two additional victims associated with the incident walked into area hospitals for treatment of gunshot wounds, then ultimately announced three victims in total: a woman who was found wounded outside the ballpark and the two others who went to the hospital and then were taken into custody.

It appeared to be an isolated incident, with no subsequent threat to anyone inside the stadium.

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