© Reuters. Spectators at Nationals Park Stadium react to this still from a social media video following a shooting incident outside in Washington, DC, the United States, on July 17, 2021. Solomon Tucker / via REUTERS
By Jan Wolfe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Some fans and players were taking cover at a professional baseball game in Washington on Saturday night when gunfire broke out in the stadium and police later said several people were shot outside.
At first it was not clear to fans whether the shooting took place inside the complex. Videos of the incident shared on social media showed some fans crowding into the third base's dugout.
The District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department previously announced on Twitter that two people had been shot outside the ballpark.
A follow-up tweet said that "two other victims in connection with the incident went to the region's hospitals for gunshot wound treatment." According to media reports, the number of people shot was later reduced to three.
The baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres was suspended due to the shootout. The game is expected to continue on Sunday, followed by the regular game.
The shooting occurred in the sixth inning.
The Washington Post reported, citing police, that a man was shot in the leg and a woman in the back, which was not described as life-threatening.
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