Tonight’s game between the Padres and Nationals was suspended in the bottom of the sixth inning due to a shooting that took place near Nationals Park.  Gunshots from outside the park (near the third base gates) could be heard inside the ballpark, and stadium employees told The Washington Post’s Sam Fortier that the incident was a drive-by shooting.  According to the Washington D.C. Police Department (Twitter links), two people were shot, and “two additional victims associated with this incident walked into area hospitals for treatment of gunshot wounds.”

The sound of the gunshots brought play inside Nationals Park to a halt, and players and fans took shelter inside the dugouts and on the stadium concourses, while other fans rushed to exit the stadium.  Announcements were made over the public address system informing fans of the situation and asking everyone to remain in the park; after several minutes, fans were instructed to make an orderly exit out of the ballpark’s center field and right field gates.

The game will resume tomorrow at 12:05pm CT, with the Padres and Nationals finishing the final three innings before a break.  Sunday’s originally scheduled game (which had been set to start at 12:05PMCT) will then get underway.