Four people shot outside of Washington Nationals Stadium

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Fans pour out onto the field after hearing gunfire from outside the stadium, during a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington on Saturday, July 17, 2021. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post via AP)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WRIC/AP) — The D.C. Police Department said four people were shot outside of Nationals Park Saturday night.

At 10 p.m. the department tweeted two people were shot in the 1500 block of South Capitol Street. At 10:16 p.m. they said two additional victims associated with the incident walked into area hospitals for treatment of gunshot wounds.

The Associated Press reports that investigators believe one of the initial victims was an employee at the stadium.

The Washington Nationals tweeted the shooting occurred outside of the Third Base Gate at Nationals Park Saturday night.

According to AP, the Padres had just taken the field for the bottom of the sixth when several loud pops were heard from the left field side of the ballpark.

In the tweet, officials with the Nationals encouraged fans to exit through the CF and RF gates.

After shots rang out, AP said fans sitting in the left field quickly began leaving through the center field gate. They added some fans crowded into the Padres’ dugout on the third-base side for safety as sirens could be heard from outside the park.

At 9:41 p.m. Matthe Brodsky, who was at the game, posted a video of people ducking down and running into the dugout. An announcement in the background can be heard saying “we ask that you remain inside the stadium at this time.”

The scoreboard displays a message to fans during a stoppage in play due to an incident near the ballpark in the sixth inning of a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres, Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

At 9:50 p.m. Brodsky tweeted that there was a helicopter above Nationals Park.

Arman Ramnath, 27, from Arlington, told the Associated Press he and a friend were sitting in the third-base side of the stadium when they heard what sounded like fireworks.

“We weren’t sure what it was. Then everyone started ducking,” Ramnath said.

He said he and his friend hid behind some seats for five or more minutes.

“It felt very surreal. I wasn’t really sure how to react,” Ramnath said. “I mean, you hear about it … but you never expect it to be something that could affect you.”

Jalen Drummond, who lives near the park, tweeted a video of people rushing out of the stadium after he heard “a few loud bangs.”

MacCallister Higgins, another resident near the park, also documented guests running out of the stadium after the gunfire.

The police department said the game between the Nationals and the San Diego Padres has been suspended because of the shooting. The incident occurred during the sixth inning of the game. The Nationals tweeted it will resume Sunday afternoon, followed by the regularly scheduled game.

This is a developing story, stay with 8News for updates.

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