Saturday’s Washington Nationals game was suspended after a shooting outside the stadium led to a panic scene where participants ducked for coverage and the teams retreated to their clubhouses. DC police said at a news conference Saturday night that three people were shot.
Police described the incident as a “shot” between two cars outside the National Park. One of the cars has been recovered and police are interviewing two people from the car, both of whom are in hospital. One of the victims was a female innocent spectator and is expected to be OK, police said.
CBS News congressional correspondent Kris Van Cleave was in the game and reported hearing “three bangs” in quick succession. One fan told him they sounded like fireworks, another said it sounded like automatic gunfire. There was initial confusion and panic as some thought there was a shooting game inside the park rather than outside. Video from inside the stadium shows fans hurrying after the exits, ducking between rows, and some even running into the excavations and clubhouses. A woman near Van Cleave broke down in tears.
The shooting took place before the start of the bottom of the sixth inning “outside the third base gate” in Nationals Park, according to the Washington Nationals.
“We heard what sounded like shots. Fans immediately took cover. The players fled the field. It felt like our stadium was under attack,” Dave Brown, who was sitting on the side of the stadium closest to the shooting, told CBS News.
Fans were initially asked to stay inside the stadium. About 15 minutes later, fans were told that it was safe to leave the stadium using the gates in the middle and right field.
The battle between nationals and the San Diego Padres was suspended and resumes Sunday at. 13 Sunday’s scheduled match begins “within 25-45 minutes” after the end of the suspended game. Both matchups will be full of nine-inning games where the first game continues where it left off at the bottom of the sixth.