Gunshots fired in a street altercation between occupants of two passing vehicles outside Nationals Park during the Nationals-Padres game was enough to send tens of thousands of fans fleeing in panic.

According to CBS News,

‘Police described the incident as a “shootout” between two cars outside of Nationals Park. One of the cars has been recovered and police are interviewing two individuals from that car, both of whom are in the hospital. One of the victims was a female innocent bystander and is “expected to be OK,” police said.

CBS News congressional correspondent Kris Van Cleave was at the game and reported hearing “three bangs” in quick succession. One fan told him they sounded like fireworks, another said it sounded like automatic weapon fire. There was initial confusion and panic as some thought there was a shooter inside the park, rather than outside. Video from inside the stadium shows fans rushing for the exits, ducking between rows and some even running into the dugouts and clubhouses. One woman near Van Cleave broke down in tears.’

According to DC Metro PD, 3 people were confirmed shot. One fan sitting near the third-base line where the shooting occurred outside the stadium, Dave Brown, told CBS News, ‘We heard what sounded like gunfire. Fans immediately took cover. The players fled the field. It felt like our stadium was under attack.’

With notoriously strict gun-control laws, Washington, D.C. has a long history of violence. By April 28th, 2021, the city had already recorded its 63rd homicide outpacing the entire previous year by 19 murders. Washington, D.C. has been controlled by Democrats at every level of city government for over 100 years.