Recently, the police union in Washington D.C. has issued severe criticism to elected officials who effectively will not let the police “do [their] jobs.” These criticisms emerge in the aftermath of a tragic shooting that resulted in injuries to three individuals outside of a Washington Nationals baseball game held in the city.
The police union directly called out the escalating crime rates in D.C. with a sardonic Twitter post, which proclaimed, “Welcome to Washington, D.C. Where violent crime permeates everything.” The police union included footage of crowds racing away in panic from Nationals Park after the shooting.
Based upon video surveillance, police are currently seeking an automobile caught fleeing the scene.
Various detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C. have appealed to the public for information regarding a grey Toyota Corolla. The car is missing a hubcap on the driver’s side wheel, and it also has dark, tinted windows. Law enforcement authorities detailed that this particular car was captured fleeing from the scene on surveillance cameras shortly after 9:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of South Capitol Street, shortly after the shooting took place.
The vehicle appears to display a temporary tag from Virginia, and it is presently sought with regards “to an assault with a dangerous weapon offense,” per D.C. law enforcement. Currently, the police department is offering monetary rewards for up to $10,000 for individuals who provide information leading to the subsequent arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.
For any individual able to identify the vehicle, or who has other relevant knowledge regarding the incident, they are encouraged to text the department’s TEXT TIP Line at 50411 or phone the department directly at (202) 727-9099.
Based upon videos and photos that circulated shortly after the shooting incident on Saturday, numerous fans and players are seen fleeing for safer areas after gunshots reverberated near Nationals Park in D.C. The incident caused the interruption of the sixth inning of the Washington Nationals’ game against the San Diego Padres.
After the shooting, police located an adult woman who suffered from a gunshot wound, though she was breathing and conscious. She was subsequently transported to a local hospital to treat her injuries. Later on, police also became aware of two other adult victims, both male, who were also receiving treatment for gunshot wounds.
Initial investigations reveal that individuals within two different automobiles had been firing firearms at one another just outside the stadium. Thus far, one of the vehicles has been apprehended, per police statements over the weekend.
Davey Martinez said it best—our fans are our family.
Thank you. pic.twitter.com/V6BJZPmQdr
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 18, 2021
Per the Washington Nationals baseball team, the shooting occurred at the bottom of the sixth inning, just outside the Third Base Gate. Davey Martinez, the manager of the team, expressed gratitude to the fans present for handling themselves admirably by helping one another while remaining calm.
The shooting incident marks one of several increased incidents across the nation in the wake of the “Defund Police” movement pushed by the Democrats.