A gunshot outside the third-base gate of Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., injured three people, including a fan, and forced the game between the Nationals and the San Diego Padres to be cancelled late Saturday.
The victims went to local hospitals, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department posted on Twitter.
Fan hearing gunfire fled their seats and sought shelter after hearing gunfire in the bottom of the sixth inning, CNN journalists at the game reported.
“I just want to assure the public that at no time during this incident were individuals inside the stadium attending the game in any kind of danger. This was not an active shooter incident and it’s not being investigated as such. Everything took place outside the stadium,” Ashan Benedict, executive assistant chief of police for DC’s Metropolitan Police Department, said.
The female fan who was shot is expected to recover, Benedict said. Two other people wounded in the shooting were associated with the recovered vehicle and were questioned by police in the hospital, according to Benedict.
A person in one car pulled beside another and they engaged in gunfire, police told WUSA-TV. The cars sped down South Capitol Street, with one vehicle stopped by police. The second vehicle has not been recovered.
Initially, a message on the scoreboard immediately after the incident advised people to remain inside the baseball field.
“We stayed in our refuge for around 10 to 15 minutes. We said at the time that fans were allowed, not required, to exit through the Center Field and Right Field Gates on the other side of the stadium, because MPD had informed me that it was safe enough for them to go outside, out of the gate that way “The Washington Nationals’ vice president of public safety and security, Scott Fear, told reporters.
The suspended game resumed at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, the Nationals posted on Twitter. The Padres were leading 8-4 and went on to win 10-4. Game 3 of the series followed.
Washington Nationals Manager Dave Martinez told reporters Sunday he thought the shots were were coming from above the the third base dugout.
“I didn’t know what was going on, but I wanted to make sure that everybody was safe,” he said at a news conference. “As things went on, fairly quickly I heard that it was outside the stadium. But like I said, everything happened so quickly, fans started getting a little bit frantic, which we don’t blame.
“When a situation like that arises you try to follow protocol,” he said. “But honestly, protocol is to get to safety and take care of your families and hope that everybody stays safe.”
Hours earlier Saturday, a shooting claimed the life of a 6-year-old girl and injured five other people in D.C.