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Padres-Nationals game suspended after shooting outside of stadium – Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts 2021-07-17 22:48:06 –


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Two people were shot in the incident.

Audiences stood in the dugout of the visiting team during a suspension of play due to an incident near the stadium in six innings of a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres on Saturday, July 17, 2021 in Washington. I am. (AP Photo / Nickwas)
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Washington (AP) — The match between San Diego Padres and Washington was interrupted six times on Saturday night after police said there was a shooting outside the national park.

Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said the two were shot dead. Investigators believed that one of the victims was a stadium employee, based on preliminary information, he said.

Washington police later tweeted that “two additional victims associated with the incident set foot in a local hospital to treat gunshot wounds.”

On the street outside the third base of the stadium, there were more than 20 police cars, ambulances, fire trucks, and police helicopters floating overhead.

Padres had just stolen the field in the bottom of the sixth inning when he heard some loud pops from the left fielder side of the stadium.

Fans sitting in the left field soon began to move out of the center fielder. After a while, the fans on the first base side began to leave their seats vigorously. Some fans flocked to the Padres on the third base for safety as they heard sirens from outside the park.

Ahman Ramnas, 27, near Arlington, Virginia, and a recent law school graduate said he and his friends were sitting on the third base side of the stadium when they heard the sound of fireworks.

“I didn’t know what it was, and then everyone started ducking,” Ramnas said.

Ramnas said he and his friends stopped hiding behind their seats for more than five minutes. After a while, he said people got up and started to leave, but the stadium announcement told fans to wait. Eventually they were allowed to leave.

“It felt very surreal. I wasn’t sure how it would react,” Ramnas said. “That is, you’re hearing about it … but you never expect it to affect you.”

The Nationals initially announced that the incident had occurred outside the stadium and posted a message on the scoreboard telling fans to stay inside the stadium.

About 10 minutes later, the team tweeted. “Shooting was reported outside Nationals Park’s third base gate. At this time, fans are encouraged to leave the stadium via the CF and RF gates.”

The Padres led 8-4 when the game was interrupted. It will resume on Sunday afternoon and will have regular matches.

Fernando Tatis Jr. has made four hits in San Diego. Ryan Zimmerman has returned to Washington.



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