Washington Nationals, San Diego Padres game stopped after multiple people shot outside Nationals Park

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Jul 17, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; A policeman directs fans after apparent gunshots were heard outside of Nationals Park during a game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday’s game between the San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals was abruptly stopped after a reported shooting right outside of Nationals Park.

After the final out in the top of the 6th inning, gunshots could be heard in the background on the broadcast. Multiple fans and reporters at the game heard the shots and immediately fled for safety.

Players, including Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. went into the nearby stands to retrieve their families and took them into the dugout. They also kept gates open, ushering fans to a safe location.

Moments later, the dugouts were cleared out for fans as players and staffers were taken into their secure clubhouses.

Some fans were seeing fleeing away from the stadium and others rushed onto the field for safety. The gunshots were heard along the third base side of Nationals Park. Both the public address announcer and the Washington Nationals video board informed fans the gunshots were from outside the stadium.

The Guardian’s Hugo Lowell reported, per DC Metro Police, that there were two confirmed victims of the shooting. One of the victims was being treated by first responders at the stadium. According to local police, it is believed there is no active threat at this time.