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

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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At least 3 people were wounded in a shooting outside Nationals Park

A fan outside of the stadium was one of three people wounded, according to Ashan Benedict, executive assistant chief of police for DC’s Metropolitan Police Department.
CNN journalists inside the stadium reported hearing multiple loud bangs during the bottom of the 6th inning in a game between the Washington Nationals and San Diego Padres.
Fans fled their seats and sought shelter after hearing the gunfire. Benedict said there ultimately was no threat to people inside the stadium.
“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,” he said.
Benedict told reporters that two vehicles were involved in a “shootout” on a street outside of the stadium during the game. Police recovered one of the vehicles but the other remains at-large.
The two other people wounded in the shooting were associated with the recovered vehicle and are now in the hospital being questioned by police, according to Benedict. It’s unclear what their exact involvement was in the incident. Benedict also said those individuals were known to law enforcement.
The fan who was shot, a woman, is expected to recover, Benedict said. Police initially said in statements posted on Twitter that four people were shot.
The Washington Nationals had fans shelter-in-place inside the stadium during the immediate aftermath of the gunfire, according to Scott Fear, vice president for public safety and security for the Washington Nationals. A message on the scoreboard shortly after the shooting told fans to remain inside the baseball park, but it was later updated to say it was safe for fans to leave the stadium.
“We held shelter in place for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. At that time we said fans were allowed, not that they had to, but they were allowed to exit through Center Field Gates and Right Field Gates on the other side of the stadium, because MPD had let me know that it was safe enough that they could go outside, out of the gate that way,” said Fear.
The remainder of the game was suspended until Sunday afternoon, the Nationals said on Twitter.
“The suspended game will resume beginning at 1:05 PM ET and be completed as a nine-inning regulation game,” the team said.
Game 3 of the Nationals-Padres series that was originally scheduled to begin at the same time Sunday but will instead be played at the conclusion of the suspended game, the team said.
San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. posted on Twitter his appreciation for those who responded to the shooting.
“Hope everyone is safe! Just keep the prayers up thank you everyone that help in the front line! God bless,” he said.

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Nationals Park shooting: Panic as four injured outside baseball stadium in Washington DC

Mobile phone footage shared on Twitter shows nervous crowd members listening to instructions over the loudspeaker. They are told: “The action is outside the stadium.

“At this time we ask that you remain in the stadium.”

Separate footage, taken from an adjacent roof, shows dozens of people running away from the arena.

Police said shots were fired outside the stadium, near the third base gate, at 9.30pm EST on Saturday (1.30am GMT Sunday) as the Nationals faced San Diego Padres.

The game was brought to a halt and will resume at 12.05pm EST on Sunday (5.05pm GMT).

DC Police Department said in a statement: “PD is responding to a shooting in the 1500 block of South Capitol Street, SW, in which two people where shot outside of Nationals Park.

“This is currently an active investigation and it appears there is no ongoing threat at this time.

“Two additional victims associated with this incident walked into area hospitals for treatment of gunshot wounds. MPD is on scene and actively investigating at this time.

“As a result of the shooting incident, tonight’s game has been suspended.”

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Fans sent scurrying after gunshots fired outside Nationals Park during game with the Padres, team reports

A shooting that injured multiple people has been reported outside of the Third Base Gate at Nationals Park, according to the team and DC Police.

WASHINGTON — Four people were shot Saturday outside Nationals Park located in the Navy Yard area of Washington DC, according to the Washington Nationals in a statement after the game was impacted by the developing crime situation.

The shooting happened in the 1500 block of South Capitol Street, Southwest, said D.C.Police.

Two people were found injured from gunshot wounds outside of the stadium, while two other people walked into a hospital in the area following be stuck by bullets, according to D.C. Police.

In videos from the ballpark on social media, fans can be seen running sporadically through the stadium’s concourse after gunshots were heard. Players can also be seen exiting the field of play and fans entering the field of play amid the commotion. 

The Washington Nationals were in the middle of a game with the San Diego Padres. The game has been postponed, according to MASN.

“A shooting has been reported outside of the Third Base Gate at Nationals Park.  Fans are encouraged to exit the ballpark via the CF and RF gates at this time. We’re working with law enforcement to provide more information as soon as it becomes available,” said the Washington Nationals on Twitter.

Federal and local law enforcement are investigating the shooting. 

At this time, no one that was in the stadium at the time of the shooting was injured.

The shooting comes only hours after Mayor Muriel Bowser and other D.C. and federal law enforcement officials held a news conference following a Friday night shooting in Southeast D.C. that claimed the life of a 6-year-old girl and injured five other people.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was at the White House last Monday, joining President Biden and local leaders from around the country who are scrambling to deal with a surge in murders in a number of cities.

The president said one key is stemming the flow of firearms used to commit violent crimes.

There are over 100 shooing deaths in Washington D.C. in 2021.

The D.C. Police Union said this is the earliest the city has recorded 100 homicides since 2003. Over the last decade, the city has, on average, hit the grim mark by Oct. 25.

WUSA9 will continue to provide updates as more information comes into our newsroom.

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Padres’ Cronenworth hits for cycle against the Nationals

WASHINGTON D.C., DC — San Diego Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth hit for the cycle for the first time in his major league career on Friday night against the Washington Nationals. 

After lining out in the first inning, Cronenworth had a two-run double in the second, an RBI triple in the third, a solo homer in the fifth and an infield single against the shift in the sixth.

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Chinese nationals among several killed in Pakistan blast: Report

Eight people, including four Chinese nationals, killed in a blast targeting a bus in northern Pakistan, Reuters reports.

Eight people, including four Chinese nationals, have been killed in a blast targeting a bus in northern Pakistan, multiple sources told Reuters news agency.

“There is a huge explosion in the bus carrying the Chinese engineers … in Upper Kohistan. Eight people lost their lives,” a senior administrative officer of the Hazara region told Reuters on Wednesday.

He said the bus was carrying over 30 Chinese engineers to the site of Dasu dam in Upper Kohistan.

Two paramilitary security men with the engineers also died, he said.

More details awaited.

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Greece: Foreign Office issues terrorism warning amid 'heightened threat' for UK nationals

Holidays to Greece could be back on from May if Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown goes forward as planned. However, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) has issued a new warning for UK residents in the country and looking to visit over a “heightened threat” of terrorism.
On its travel advice page for Greece, the FCDO explained there could be some targeted “terrorist attacks” aimed specifically at “UK interests and British nationals”.

The FCDO explains: “Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Greece. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by foreigners.

“High profile British interests in Greece should be vigilant and regularly review their security measures.

“There have been several attacks involving explosives and automatic weapons against Greek institutions, shopping malls, banks, media offices, diplomatic premises and the police.

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He explained UK tourists will need to either show a certificate providing they have been vaccinated, or proof they have antibodies against the virus or a negative COVID-19 test.

When the time comes, though, the Greek tourism minister said the nation wanted to make travel to the country “as smooth and hassle-free as possible.”

Despite no guaranteed date for Britons to return to holidays, the Greek minister showed confidence summer holidays will go ahead.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Mr Theocharis said Britons can “book flights and start choosing the places where they want to go.”

Though the nation has not yet vaccinated its entire population, the inoculation effort is well underway in Greece.

Furthermore, officials have set out plans to make entirely “Covid-free” communities.

According to POLITICO, Greece will work through its island communities to vaccinate them first.

The New Democracy government has said it hopes this will lure visitors back and restore tourism after a difficult year for international travel in 2020.

Under the plan, smaller islands would be vaccinated first, with the roll-out then moving onto larger islands.

According to reports, Fournoi, Chalki, Symi, Ereikousa, and dozens of other tiny islets with fewer than 1,000 residents in the Aegean and Ionian seas are among the first places likely to be fully vaccinated.

This would then be followed by larger islands, including popular tourism hotspots Corfu and Santorini.

At the time of writing, the FCDO continues to advise against all but “essential” travel to Greece.

However, this is with the exception of Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete.