Washington, United States:
Four people were shot outside a baseball stadium packed with thousands of spectators in the US capital on Saturday, bringing the game to an abrupt halt as the spectators were turned away.
Police said four people had been shot but there was “no continued threat”, without clarifying the condition of the gunshot victims.
Police tweeted that officers “reacted to a shooting . . . in which two people were shot and killed outside Nationals Park” in the Navy Yard neighborhood of southern Washington, DC.
Shortly afterwards, it tweeted that “two additional victims involved in this incident walked into area hospitals for treatment for gunshot wounds.
“This is currently an active investigation and it appears that there is no ongoing threat at this time,” it added.
Two AFP journalists who attended the match said some spectators ran to the exit after hearing the shots, while others remained in their seats at their initial urging.
Players rushed off the field and the game was halted after what sounded like a dozen or more shots from outside the stadium.
The lights of several police cars lit up the street and sirens were heard as the crowd attending the game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres were asked to leave the stadium.
Minutes after the incident, the Washington Nationals’ official account tweeted that “a shooting has been reported outside the Third Base Gate in Nationals Park” and encouraged fans to leave the stadium.
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