US rocked as terrifying gunfire stops baseball game as fans flee

Chaos erupted during Saturday night’s baseball game at Nationals Park after gunshots were heard outside the Washington, DC, stadium.

The DC Police Department said on Twitter that two people had been shot outside the ballpark, adding there was “no ongoing threat.”

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

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Several loud pops were heard from the far left field just as the San Diego Padres had taken the field for the bottom of the sixth inning.

Fans could be seen taking cover under their seats as helicopters circled the ballpark, footage tweeted by WBRZ-TV reporter Dana DiPiazza showed.

Horrifying. “Glad” isn’t the right word for seeing the reports that the apparent gunshots were outside the stadium, but certainly relieved that it’s not an active shooter inside.

Nationals radio broadcast picked up the sound of the gunfire really clearly. Just horrifying.

Police sirens blared as several in the crowd began to stream out of the ballpark.

Footage taken from a nearby rooftop showed a frantic mass evacuation of the stadium, which is in the city’s Capitol Riverfront neighbourhood.

The home team confirmed reports of a shooting outside the Third Base Gate.

“Fans are encouraged to exit the ballpark via the CF and RF gates at this time,” the team tweeted at 9:47pm.

“We’re working with law enforcement to provide more information as soon as it becomes available.”

Fans tried hiding under seats.Source:AFP

Fans got onto the field to flee the sound of gunshots.Source:Getty Images

Fans fled the stadium once police gave the all clear.Source:AFP

The game was halted in the sixth inning with San Diego leading the Nats 8-4.

This story first appeared in the New York Post and was republished with permission.

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