A National League showdown featuring the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres was called to a halt after shots were fired near Nationals Park. According to multiple reports, the shooting took place near the third base gate, but there were no further reports regarding injuries and potential arrests.
“MPD is responding to a shooting in the 1500 block of South Capitol Street, SW, in which two people where shot outside of Nationals Park. This is currently an active investigation and it appears there is no ongoing threat at this time,” the Metropolitan Police Department tweeted earlier this evening.
At the time of the shooting, the National trailed the Padres by four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Nationals quickly instructed fans to leave the park and move to a safer location.
“A shooting has been reported outside of the Third Base Gate at Nationals Park. Fans are encouraged to exit the ballpark via the CF and RF gates at this time. We’re working with law enforcement to provide more information as soon as it becomes available,” the Nationals tweeted.
Play has been suspended for the remainder of the evening, but the two teams will resume play at 1:05 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Tonight's game has been suspended due to an incident surrounding Nationals Park.
It will resume tomorrow, Sunday, July 18, at 1:05 PM ET. pic.twitter.com/PAGf0uYZ9Y
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 18, 2021