Going into the bottom of the sixth inning tonight, play was halted as gunfire (which was later revealed to be from outside the Third Base Gate in Nationals Park), sent fans fleeing towards exits, as players quickly cleared the field in the nation’s capital.
Washington’s Nationals and the San Diego Padres were in the middle of the second game of a three-game set in D.C. when play was interrupted and suspended. It was a chaotic scene.
No one was sure exactly what happened, but as reports started to come out it was revealed that the shooting took place outside of the ballpark, with the gunshots clearly audible in the park.
We’re not sure if that’s what is heard on the following video, but the timing fits with reports from inside the ballpark:
You could hear what are believed to be gun shots on the Nationals broadcast just as the top of the sixth inning ended around 9:30 PM ET pic.twitter.com/IJC5eJHOFL— Jomboy Media (@JomboyMedia) July 18, 2021
The D.C. Police Department later tweeted out information as the active investigation of the shooting started up:
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.— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) July 18, 2021
As a result of the shooting incident, tonight’s @Nationals game has been suspended.— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) July 18, 2021
The Nationals announced the suspension of the game as well, and reported that the teams will finish tonight’s game before completing the series with the third of three to start 25-to-45 minutes after the completion of the suspended game tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon.
Tonight's game has been suspended due to an incident surrounding Nationals Park.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 18, 2021
It will resume tomorrow, Sunday, July 18, at 1:05 PM ET. pic.twitter.com/PAGf0uYZ9Y
We’re going to hold off posting anything else for now since we’re not on the scene in D.C., and we’ll resume our regular scheduled coverage in the morning as this situation is sorted out...