Man found fatally shot in car near Nationals Park, DC police say

A fatal shooting outside Nationals Park early Sunday afternoon sent pedestrians running and forced businesses to close, officials said.

Just before 1 p.m., officers responded to reports of shots fired on N Street SE just outside Nationals Park and a number of sports bars, restaurants and the new BetMGM Sportsbook betting facility, according to DC Police Cmdr. Tasha Bryant. When police arrived, they found a man with gunshot wounds inside a vehicle. Police have not released any other identifying information about the man or the vehicle.

He died shortly afterwards at the scene. When asked for comment, a Nationals spokeswoman referred D.C. police.

Bryant said police believe the victim was the intended target of the attack and no one else was injured in the shooting.

Security footage appears to show a dark-colored SUV speeding out of the area shortly after the shooting, Bryant said. Police are reviewing additional footage from security and traffic cameras to learn more about the car and the shooter involved.

Pedestrians and customers in nearby businesses ducked for cover and tried to enter from the restaurant’s terraces when shots rang out Sunday afternoon.

BetMGM Sportsbook, a sports betting center that opened earlier this year next to the center field gate at Nationals Park, announced it would close shortly after the shooting. Elisa Richardson, a spokeswoman for BetMGM, said the company decided to do so “out of concern for the safety of our employees.”

The Nationals ended their season earlier this month with an 8-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies – a six-inning game that was called due to worsening weather. With the season over and on another dreary day in Washington, the area around the ballpark was less crowded than usual Sunday. D.C. police said no other casualties or property damage were reported in the shooting.

“Fortunately, we didn’t have a lot of traffic out here,” Bryant said at a news conference at the scene, adding, “Any loss of life is too much for us.”

“We are committed to removing the drivers of gun violence from our communities, and we need our citizens and visitors to help us,” she said. “I want everyone to feel safe coming here.”

DC police asked anyone with information to call 202-727-9099 or text the department’s tip line at 50411.

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