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After shooting outside Nationals Park, DC police union rips politicians who 'won't let us do our jobs'

Written by on July 18, 2021

The D.C. police union criticized elected officials who “won’t let us do our jobs” in the wake of a shooting that left three people wounded outside a Washington Nationals baseball game. 

“Welcome to Washington, D.C. Where violent crime permeates everything,” the union tweeted, with footage showing crowds rushing to exit Nationals Park. 

D.C. police said Sunday they are seeking a vehicle caught on surveillance video fleeing the scene.

Detectives from the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s First District are appealing to the public for information about a gray Toyota Corolla with a missing hubcap on the rear driver’s side wheel and dark tinted windows. Authorities said the vehicle was captured on a nearby surveillance camera fleeing the shooting that broke out around 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1300 block of South Capitol Street, Southwest. 

The vehicle, believed to be displaying a Virginia temporary tag, is being sought “in reference to an assault with a dangerous weapon offense,” police said. As with other violent crimes, the department is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who provides information leading to an arrest and conviction.

FANS, PLAYERS FLEE NATIONALS PARK AFTER GUNSHOTS RING OUT DURING GAME 

Detectives from the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s First District are appealing to the public for information about a gray Toyota Corolla with a missing hubcap on the rear driver’s side wheel and dark tinted windows.

Detectives from the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s First District are appealing to the public for information about a gray Toyota Corolla with a missing hubcap on the rear driver’s side wheel and dark tinted windows.
(DC Metro Police)

Anyone who can identify the vehicle or who has knowledge of this incident is directed to call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.

Photos and video circulated online Saturday showed players and fans fleeing for safety after gunshots heard from Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. interrupted the sixth inning of the game against the San Diego Padres.

Outside the stadium Saturday, police found an adult female, conscious and breathing, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Police were later notified about two additional adult male victims who were seeking treatment at an area hospital for non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

A preliminary investigation determined that individuals inside two separate vehicles were firing guns at each other outside the stadium. Police said Saturday night that one of the vehicles had been apprehended, Fox 5 DC reported.  

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The Washington Nationals said the shooting happened at the bottom of the sixth inning outside the Third Base Gate. Team manager Davey Martinez later thanked fans for handling themselves in an admirable manner by staying calm and helping one another. 

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