Three people were shot in a drive-by shooting outside Nationals Park on South Capital Street during the 6th inning last night. It was a scene to often witnessed in the city these days, and this time it struck too close to home.
Hundreds made the unwise move of trying to flee the stadium and went sprinting for exits while others sheltered in place or inside bathrooms. Some sobbed due to how scary the situation was. Fans did not know if there was shooter(s) inside the stadium.
Some unwisely jumped over walls and others ran wildly towards exits. A message from the DC Police Union puts the blame on the politicians, and fans are caught in the middle. This will further hurt attendance in a year marred by COVID. Families must weigh safety over fun. When you are traveling from the serenity of your suburban neighborhood to watch a baseball game like thousands of fans do, you don’t expect you would ever need to hide under your seat for safety.
Last night’s game was suspended and will pick up in the bottom of the 6th inning with the Padres leading by a score of 8-4.
The one piece of good news is that sources tell us there will be increased security at this game.
San Diego Padres vs. Washington Nationals
Stadium: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1st Pitch: Suspended game continues at 1:05 pm EDT
TV: MASN, Bally Sports San Diego, MLB.TV
Nats Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan; SiriusXM® ( Streaming Internet 869)
Line-ups subject to change without notice: