Three people were shot on Saturday outside a ballpark packed with thousands of spectators in the US capital, causing play to stop abruptly and spectators to leave the venue.
Police initially said on Twitter that four people were hit by the gunshots, but Washington police second-on-board Ashan Benedict later indicated that there were three wounded in the incident.
He said two of the injured were in one of two vehicles involved in the shooting. The third victim is a woman on the sidewalk outside the stadium where she had been watching the game.
“At no point during this incident were people inside the stadium watching the game in any kind of danger. This is not an active shooter incident. Everything happened outside the stadium, ”Benedict told reporters.
He said the woman “is expected to be well.”
. journalists who were at the game said that some spectators rushed towards the stadium exits after hearing the shots, while others remained in their seats at the initial insistence of the announcer.
In game videos uploaded to social media, several shots from automatic weapons could be clearly heard.
Lives are not in danger
The lights of several police cars lit up the street and sirens sounded, as crowds attending the Washington Nationals-San Diego Padres game were asked to leave the stadium in the Navy Yard neighborhood of southern Washington, DC.
Police said the incident “is being investigated” but that “it appears that there is no ongoing threat at this time.”
Initially he had reported on Twitter “that two people were shot outside Nationals Park”, but later indicated, in the same social network, that “two additional victims associated with this incident entered hospitals in the area to receive treatment for gunshot wounds.” .
The Washington Post said, citing police, that a man was shot in the leg and a woman in the back, and that their lives were not in danger.
The health of the third injured was not immediately known.
An intersection near the Third Base Gate where the shooting occurred was closed by police.
Minutes after the incident, the official Washington Nationals account tweeted that “a shooting was reported outside the Third Base Gate in Nationals Park” and encouraged fans to leave the stadium.
The players had run off the field when the detonations were heard and play was stopped in the sixth inning, with the Padres partially winning 8-4. The match is due to resume on Sunday.
More than 100 people have been killed in Washington this year, many of them by firearms.
Police on Saturday offered a $ 60,000 reward to identify the person who shot and killed a six-year-old girl while playing with a scooter in southeastern Washington.
The United States has a painful history of gun violence perpetrated in schools, offices, or shopping malls.
With information from .