Fans scattered in fear as gunshots rang out near the third-base gate of Nationals Park on Saturday night. Both the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres were moved into their respective lockers as the game drew to a screeching halt. Ultimately, three people were injured, but there were not reported deaths.
In the aftermath of the tragic shooting, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Washington Nationals issued a joint statement addressing gun violence in the city. The two parties called the shooting both “unacceptable” and “senseless.”
“We stand together against senseless acts of gun violence in the city we love. Gun violence – no matter where it occurs in our city – is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” the statement read.
The Metropolitan Police Department issued a brief statement as the incident unfolded on the 1500 block of South Capitol Street in southwest Washington, D.C. However, the city’s police force has not publicly identified a potential suspect involved in the matter.
“This is currently an active investigation and it appears there is no ongoing threat at this time,” the department tweeted.
Both the Nationals and Padres reentered Nationals Park on Sunday to finish out Saturday’s game and begin Sunday’s game. The Padres won the first ball game by a score of 10-4 before the Nationals won the second game of the doubleheader 8-7 to end a six-game losing streak.
Please call @DCPoliceDept with any tips about the incident or this vehicle by calling 202-727-9099 or text 50411 https://t.co/bXRHJvqFQq
— Muriel Bowser (@MurielBowser) July 18, 2021