Chaos erupted during a baseball game Saturday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., after four people were shot near the stadium.
D.C. Police Department said on Twitter that two people were injured in front of hundreds of witnesses outside the stadium, adding that “two other victims associated with the incident” had themselves arrived at hospitals with gunshot wounds. The game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres was suspended. According to the New York Post, several loud shots rang out around 9:30 p.m. as players were leaving the field for a short break in the middle of the game. Many in the stadium thought a car exploded or there were fireworks outside. Then panic ensued.
According to fans, officials ignored the gunshots for at least five minutes, leading to “pandemonium.” “I saw police officers there, speechless as deer in the headlights,” Jaime Varela, 31, told The Post. – They didn’t know what was going on, they didn’t know what to tell us.” He added that he saw people running toward the exit, literally sweeping each other away. Miraculously, they were able to avoid a stampede in the stadium. Fans could be seen hiding under their seats as helicopters circled over the stadium.