Gunfire Erupts Near Nationals Park in DC Sending Fans Running for Their Lives

by Keeli Parkey

What thousands of baseball fans planned to be a fun night at the ballpark became a very scary experience. According to reports, gunfire erupted near Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, July 17. And, unsurprisingly, fans in the stadium went running for their lives.

Fox News reports that the shots were heard during the night game between the Nationals and the San Diego Padres.

The game was in the sixth inning when the shots were heard. This was just after 10 p.m. on Saturday.

According to CBS, the stadium’s PA announcer asked for fans to remain inside the park because the shooter was outside. The stadium’s large outfield video screen also shared that message with fans. “The incident is outside the stadium,” the message read. “Please remain inside the stadium at this time.”

First responders and police investigators were on the scene quickly after the shooting took place.

The Washington Nationals organization later released an official statement about the incident.

“Tonight’s game has been suspended in the bottom of the sixth inning due to an incident surrounding Nationals Park,” the statement said.

The two teams will complete the suspended game on Sunday, July 18. It will begin at 1:05 p.m. The two teams will then play the game originally scheduled for that Sunday 25 to 45 minutes after the suspended game is complete.

The Padres were leading the Nationals by a score of 8-4 when the game was suspended due to the incident.

News of the Incident at Nationals Park Spreading on Social Media

Also, many people have taken to social media to share information and videos about the shooting incident outside of Nationals Park on Saturday.

Hugo Lowell, a Congressional reporter for the Guardian US, posted information about the shooting.

“Breaking: At least two people are confirmed to have been shot outside the Nationals stadium tonight, per DC Metro Police,” he shared on Twitter. “One woman who was shot was briefly treated by first responders in the stadium.”

Also, Twitter user @barstoolWSD posted a video he captured from a television broadcast. “Holy s*** you can hear the gunshots on the broadcast. This is horrifying,” his tweet reads. Check out the video below.

Players for both teams took cover inside. They went to their clubhouses inside the park.

They also reportedly took their family members with them. In this video, you can see players go into the stands to get their family members and take them to safety. Sharing this video was @sdutKevinAcee. He is also a reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune who covers the Padres.

Furthermore, here you can see fans fleeing from Nationals Park after learning about the shooting outside this Major League baseball stadium.

This is a developing story.