Nationals Game in Washington Is Halted After Shooting Outside Stadium

Fans poured out of Nationals Park in a scene of fear and confusion. The police said three people had been injured in a shootout.

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Three people were shot outside of Nationals Park in Washington on Saturday night during a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres, the police said, prompting fans to pour out of the stands and players to scramble relatives to safety in a scene of fear and confusion.

The police said they were investigating the shooting and that there was no ongoing threat. Three people were injured in a shootout between people in two vehicles, the police said, including a bystander outside the stadium who had been attending the game.

The game was halted in the middle of the sixth inning, with the Padres leading, 8-4. Nationals officials said the game would resume on Sunday afternoon, and that the teams would play their regularly scheduled game afterward on Sunday.

The Nationals canceled their postgame news conference with players and the team’s manager. They said in a statement on Twitter that fans had been encouraged to leave the ballpark through the center field and right field gates.

Officials said later that there had been no threat to anyone inside the stadium.

“At no time during this incident were individuals inside the stadium attending the game in any type of danger,” said Ashan Benedict, the Metropolitan Police Department’s executive assistant police chief. “This was not an active shooter incident.”

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Some fans went to the concourses, and some players brought their relatives to their clubhouses within the stadium.Credit…Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Mr. Benedict said the vehicles involved in the shooting had been driven away from the stadium. The police found one of them, and two people who had been in the vehicle were being interviewed at a hospital, he said. The bystander who was shot “is expected to be OK,” Mr. Benedict added.

The police had initially said that four people were shot, but later revised the total to three.

Fans at the game said they heard what sounded like gunshots coming from the third-base side of the park. Many were initially confused, and the players left the field. Many fans started trying to leave.

An announcement on the stadium loudspeaker said: “Please remain calm and remain inside the stadium.”

Jacob DeAngeles, 25, said he had been sitting with his girlfriend and a friend in Section 106 near the foul pole on the left-field side when people started running up the stairs and he heard someone yell: “Active shooter.”

“We initially thought it was inside the stadium,” he said. “It was pure panic right away.”

Some people crouched under their seats, while Mr. DeAngeles said he jumped the turnstiles with his friend and girlfriend and then made it onto the street and back home, as police cars converged on the area.

“It’s just wild,” he said. “You don’t think you will be in that experience, but you hear ‘active shooter’ and just run.”

Nick Butler, 28, said he had been sitting in the stands beyond center field and had been watching the weather, wondering if the game would be rained out. When he saw fans behind home plate sprinting, he assumed the rain had arrived, but then he noticed that some were ducking and that the players were not in the dugouts.

Mr. Butler said he leapt up from his seat and headed to the center field concourse, looking for an exit, turned a corner and was told by a staff member that he could not leave that way. Then he saw “a stampede of people running in our direction.”

That’s when he realized that “something’s happening here,” he said.

He said he turned, ran and found his way into what he described as a Nationals operations center, where he ducked under tables and waited until a public announcement made it clear that fans could leave.

“I am comforted in some way that we were never really in danger,” he said.

After fans poured out of the ballpark, the metro platform at the Navy Yard station was crowded, as it typically is after a game, but the fans were quieter than usual, with many people sharing their recollections of what they had heard.

Reporting was contributed by Amy Fiscus, Austin Ramzy and David Waldstein.

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