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Padres fan heard shots at Nationals game then saw heroic acts from Padres players

News 8 talked with a Padres fan who was in Nationals Park during the chaos.

Fear and chaos at the Padres game in Washington DC Saturday night. “I thought it was a speaker malfunction, but it was a series of very, very, very loud bangs,” said San Diegan Joe O’Brien. Those bangs were gunshots – fired during the 6th inning from somewhere behind O’Brien’s seats on the third base side.

“One of the guards on the field – cause I was sitting pretty close to the field – told everyone to get down,” O’Brien said, adding that several people started running for the exits. O’Brien laid down on the concrete under his seat. “I then texted my mom and told her I was ok… I loved her too… just in case.

At this point, no one knew if the shooters were in the ballpark – or outside. He says people all over the stadium were panicking. “What’s ironic enough is that a lot of people who were running out on my side – were running directly into the incident location.”

Umpires also started running for cover. Players too. But then Joe, a diehard Padres fan, saw something that made him even prouder of his home team. “Fernando Tatis Jr. run out of the dugout – grab a bunch of people – he had a lady literally in his arms… brought them into the dugout.”

You can’t tell from our Zoom chat, but Joe is wearing a Manny Machado jersey. Manny also ran into the stands to make sure fans were safe. “I already thought really highly of those two, but it really showed in times of crisis what they’re made of,” O’Brien said.

It took a while to sort things out, but police discovered the shooting actually took place between two cars right outside the ballpark. Two people in one of those cars were shot – along with an innocent bystander. Her injuries are not considered life-threatening.

As for Joe, well, he was back at the ballpark Sunday to cheer his Padres on. “I’m a San Diegan and I got tickets for all three games… and it’s worth it. The Padres are that good and that exciting to watch.”

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Brave Labrador saves owner from rattlesnake in heroic near-fatal fight

Alex Loredo, 18, was bringing the washing in at his family home in San Diego when he heard rattling coming from under the outside table. He said his “heart just dropped” when he saw the deadly snake waiting.

But before he knew it, his seven-year-old Labrador, Marley, had come to the rescue.

Mr Loredo told NBC San Diego: “Before I could even turn, Marley had run out the door, pushed me out of the way, and gotten in between the snake and me.

“My heart just dropped. My first thought was, ‘Oh no, I’m going to lose my best friend.”

The snake sunk its fangs into Marley’s tongue and neck and then fled.

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“I was so scared and tried to keep my cool and think fast because time was not on our side. I was able to call ahead of time to check him in and the technicians were there waiting for us.

“This was the most horrifying moment of my life, not knowing if my best friend was going to make it through.”

Marley was kept at the hospital for two nights and suffered nerve damage in his tongue and jaw. He is currently on medication as well as having regular therapy which is helping him recover.

Since the attack, Mr Loredo has set up a GoFundMe that has raised over $ 12,000 to help pay for the medical bills after the incident drained his savings.

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