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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.”

WATCH: Padres manager, fans react to players’ actions amid shooting outside game

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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.
Fans leave their seats as a shooting took place outside Nationals Park during an MLB game in Washington, DC, on July 17, 2021.
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.
Fans take cover after apparent gun shots were heard during the game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres at Nationals Park.
“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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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.

WATCH RELATED: Here’s how San Diego Padres Opening Day looked in and outside Petco Park (April 2021)

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3 more Padres to join Fernando Tatis Jr. in All-Star game

SAN DIEGO — Three more San Diego Padres will be playing in the MLB All-Star game, it was announced Sunday. The announcement came just days after it was revealed that San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. was the first player from the team voted by fans to play in the MLB All-Star game in over 20 years. 

Second baseman Jake Cronenwroth and pitchers Yu Darvish and Mark Melancon will join the National League’s team for the 91st All-Star Game scheduled for July 13. 

The announcement came the same day the Padres stopped a three-game losing streak with their 50th win of the season beating the Philadelphia Phillies 11-1. 

Wil Myers was the starting DH in 2016 and Jake Peavy started as a pitcher in 2007 but both were chosen by managers.  

Tatis Jr. will be starting as the NL’s shortstop at the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 13 in Denver, Colorado.

The Padres congratulated their latest All-Stars on Twitter on Sunday: 

WATCH RELATED: For the first time since Tony Gwynn, the San Diego Padres have had a player voted into the starting lineup of the MLB All-Star Game.

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Padres fans treated to a win on Petco Park's Reopening Day

Right-hander Joe Musgrove is pitching for the Padres at Reopening Day with the stands at full capacity for the first time in 630 days.

SAN DIEGO — Update: The Padres pulled off a glorious win for Reopening Day at Petco Park Thursday. With two, two-run homers they finished the game in the bottom of the ninth 6-4 thanks to a walk-off by Caratini.

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The San Diego Padres kicked off a game at Petco Park on Thursday night with the stands at full capacity for the first time in 630 days. The Pads were facing the Cincinnati Reds at what the team is billing as “San Diego’s Opening Day.”

The game sold out with an attendance of 40,362, according to the team.

Capacity had been limited at Petco Park this season because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic imposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Statewide restrictions were lifted Tuesday. Fans were prohibited from Petco Park during the coronavirus-delayed and shortened 2020 season.

Pregame ceremonies for Thursday night’s game included the Padres and Petco honoring 4,000 front-line workers, 275 uniformed personnel from Navy Region Southwest unfurling the American flag and a flyover by F/A-18 Hornets from MCAS Miramar. 

The ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Nancy Yam, director of acute care pharmacy services for UC San Diego Health. A fireworks show will follow the game. 

Prior to the game, San Diego City Council President Jennifer Campbell presented a “San Diego’s Opening Night” proclamation to the team.

Hometown hero, Joe Musgrove (4-6), who pitched the Padres’ first no-hitter this year started the game on Thursday , while left-hander Wade Miley (6-4) started for the Reds in a rare matchup of pitchers who have thrown no-hitters in the same season.

Musgrove is 2-6 since pitching the Padres’ first no-hitter April 9, including losing his last two decisions.

The Friar Faithful can expect some new promotions coming up. The Padres are planning promotional events over the four-game series. Active Duty military will present the American Flag across the field and now a DJ will play after the game. On Friday, it’s Beerfest, Padre Aloha shirts on Saturday and Kidsfest on Sunday.

If you’re going to a game soon, also remember the bag policy has changed this season. Petco Park will prohibit bags with the exception of single compartment bags measuring 7” x 10” or smaller, infant and medical bags.

With near-capacity crowds expected at Petco Park for the remainder of the season, the Metropolitan Transit System will increase the frequency of its trolley service, with trolleys serving all stations every seven to 15 minutes most of the day.

WATCH: Fans arrive at Petco Park for Reopening Day

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What to expect for Padres Reopening Day at Petco Park

Full capacity, masks requirements lifted for fully vaccinated fans, added promotions at Petco Park and bars are prepping as much as they can for the crowds.

SAN DIEGO — The Padres Reopening Day was hours away Wednesday night and fans were ready to fill Petco Park when it opens to full capacity Thursday.

Physical distancing will be lifted and fully vaccinated fans will not be required to wear a mask.

“So many coming in today and talking about the reopening which will be so much fun,” said Jason Griffin, Basic Bar & Pizza bartender.

Basic is across from Petco Park and workers expect large crowds ahead of the 5:40 start time against the Cincinnati Reds.

“We usually have one or two people at the bar now we may need three or four bartenders,” said Griffin.

What’s making it difficult for some bars is not knowing how Cal/OSHA will vote on Thursday. The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), better known as Cal/OSHA, oversees health and safety in the workplace. 

The agency could approve lifting the physical distance rule in the workplace and not require masks for fully vaccinated employees.

If approved, the governor is expected to enact an executive order and make it effective immediately.

But this still makes it difficult for bars to plan for staffing on Reopening Day and not knowing what the crowds will be like.

“We are trying to work out the details of that, it’s really scary, we don’t exactly what we need,” said Griffin.

Inside the stadium fully vaccinated fans are not required to wear a mask. Mask enforcement teams will not be deployed.

“It will be fun to go without masks a little bit,” said Grant Gryska.

His father, Steve Gryska works at Petco Park and looks forward to Opening Day each year, especially Reopening Day.

“It’s exciting because in the morning when you get there it’s kind of slow and builds up like a crescendo,” said Steve Gryska.

The Friar Faithful can expect some new promotions. The Padres are planning promotional events over the four-game series. Active Duty military will present the American Flag across the field and now a DJ will play after the game. On Friday, it’s Beerfest, Padre Aloha shirts on Saturday and Kidsfest on Sunday.
The Padres website still has tickets left but they are going fast. Nosebleeds were listed for $ 26.50.

The stadium seats 40,000 people and Reopening Day is expected to be the largest event in San Diego since March 2020.

“What’s building up at the stadium right now is incredible,” said Steve Gryska.

Hometown hero, Joe Musgrove, who pitched the Padres first no-hitter this year, will be starting on Thursday.  

What is not coming back this year for Reopening Day is the block party outside of Petco Park.

Remember the bag policy has changed this season. Petco Park will prohibit bags with the exception for single compartment bags measuring 7” x 10” or smaller, infant and medical bags.

MTS is ramping up its trolley service at all stations every 7-15 minutes most of the day.

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Padres superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. is the subject of new documentary

Tatis: The Rise of El Niño will show how the 22-year-old shortstop has established himself as one of Major League Baseball’s brightest stars.

SAN DIEGO — Superstar Fernando Tatis Jr. will be the face of a new documentary airing on MLB Network. Tatis: The Rise of El Niño will show how the 22-year-old shortstop has established himself as one of Major League Baseball’s brightest stars.

The documentary will debut on Wednesday, July 14 just a day before the 2021 MLB All-Star Game.

Major League Baseball says, “the program takes an in-depth look at the one-of-a-kind passion, joy, and breathtaking skills Tatis Jr. displays on a nightly basis that has electrified the sports world.” It will also touch on the powerful bond Tatis Jr. shares with his father and 11-year MLB veteran Fernando Tatis Sr.

It will follow Tatis Jr.’s path to the bigs all the way from his childhood in the Dominican Republic to receiving 2020 All-MLB Team honors and signing a record-breaking contract in February.

According to a press release by MLB Network, the program features clips from multiple interviews with Tatis Jr. filmed throughout the year, plus insight on his surge to superstardom from new interviews with his father Fernando Tatis Sr., his brother and shortstop in the Chicago White Sox organization Elijah Tatis, 2015 first-ballot Hall of Famer, Dominican Republic native and MLB Network analyst Pedro Martínez, Padres President of Baseball Operations and General Manager A.J. Preller, Padres manager Jayce Tingler, MLB Network host, California native and former Padres play-by-play broadcaster Matt Vasgersian, and current Padres broadcaster Mark Grant.

Since making his debut in 2019, Tatis Jr. has already appeared on the cover of MLB: The Show 21, been featured in a Gatorade commercial, highlighted in national advertising for Hyperice and appointed as Card Number One in the 2021 Topps Series 1 Baseball collection. Entering the 2021 season, Tatis Jr. became the youngest player to rank in the top three of the most popular MLB jerseys list and he was the most searched player in 2020 on MLB Film Room

Check out the trailer for ‘Tatis: The Rise of El Niño’ below

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Petco Park set to return to 100% capacity for Padres games June 17

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres sit just one game out of first place in the NL West.
And, soon, you’ll be able to see them from a packed Petco Park. 
With California set to reopen June 15, the ballclub announced shortly after the state’s update Friday that they plan to have Petco Park at 100% capacity for the team’s 5:40 p.m. matchup on June 17 against the Cincinnati Reds. 
The Padres are calling the festivities “San Diego’s Opening Day.” 
The team announced that also beginning on June 17, all Padres Season Ticket Members will return to their regular seat locations. 
Single-game tickets for San Diego’s Opening Series and the remainder of the 2021 Padres home season will go on sale to the general public on Friday, June 4.
WATCH: Here’s how San Diego Padres Opening Day looked in and outside Petco Park

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4 out of 5 players return to action for Padres after COVID-19 sidelines them for a week

Since the players were placed on the injured list along with 3 others the Padres have posted a 7-1 record.

SAN DIEGO — Two key Padre players were activated Wednesday before the series finale against the Colorado Rockies although the team has seemed to do quite well without them in the lineup. 
Since a total of 5 players were placed on the IL on May 11 due to “health and safety protocols”, the team has posted a 7-1 winning record in their past 8 games. 
Initially, on May 11, it was announced that star shortstop, Fernando Tatis Jr. along with Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo all were placed on the injured list before the game in Colorado against the Rockies.
Padres manager Jayce Tingler announced that Tatis Jr. had tested positive for COVID-19 saying he was currently asymptomatic. Profar and Mateo were both close contacts.
During the game, players Wil Myers and Eric Hosmer were removed and it was later confirmed by Tingler that Myers tested positive for COVID-19 and Hosmer was removed for contact tracing.  
The return of Tatis and Hosmer on Wednesday follow 2 others, Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo who returned to the team on Tuesday.
According to the Padres, Will Myers is the final member that has not been activated since his positive COVD-19 test came a few days after Tatis’ positive test.
The team expects Myers to become eligible to return during the upcoming weekend series against the Mariners.
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