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Nationals-Padres game suspended after shooting outside Nationals Park gate

Jack Baer

Sat, July 17, 2021

A terrifying scene unfolded at Nationals Park on Saturday, enough to suspend a game against the San Diego Padres.

Four people were shot directly outside the stadium’s third base gate, the DC Police Department confirmed on Twitter. Police told The Washington Post that a man had been shot in the leg and a woman shot in the back, while two others walked into local hospitals for treatment.

The Nationals reacted to the confusion by cautioning fans to stay inside the stadium, but later confirmed there had been a shooting and encouraged fans to exit through gates in the outfield. The building was later evacuated, including the press box, while the police blocked off the scene of the crime.

Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports that stadium employees called the incident a drive-by shooting.

The shots appeared partially audible on the MASN broadcast as the Nationals returned to the dugout after the top of the sixth inning:

Sounds of gunshots were clearly audible in the park, to the point that several fans could be seen fleeing out of the center field and right field gates in the immediate aftermath.

Even Nationals and Padres players weren’t immune to the panic. Padres stars Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado reportedly opened the gate to the field so spectators could run into the dugout with them, while Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin, who started the game, was seen in the concourse.

4 die at Faster Horses Festival in Michigan, including 3 of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning

John Bacon, USA TODAY

Sun, July 18, 2021

Authorities on Sunday were investigating the deaths of four people at a three-day country musical festival in Michigan, including three men found dead in a travel trailer of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning.

Lenawee County Sheriff’s officials said they received a 911 call about “unresponsive persons” at a campground near the Faster Horses Festival in Brooklyn. First responders arrived to find five unconscious men in their early 20s inside the trailer. Three were pronounced dead at the scene, and two were taken by ambulance to a local hospital in critical condition and were being treated for acute carbon monoxide poisoning, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Investigators said the caller was a friend who became concerned when he had not heard from the men.

“This tragic incident is being investigated as a suspected carbon monoxide exposure from a generator located very near the travel trailer,” the statement said.

Nationals-Padres game suspended after three wounded in shooting outside Nationals Park in Washington D.C.

Also Sunday, state police were investigating the death of Melissa Donna Havens, 30. An autopsy and toxicology tests were being performed on Havens, whose body was found early Saturday. Detectives were seeking the public’s help in identifying a man Havens was seen with within 24 hours of her body being found.

“Detectives want the public to know there is no danger or threats to people” at the festival, state police said.

The event drew thousands to the Michigan International Speedway, 80 miles west of Detroit. The last band was scheduled to play Sunday evening. Organizers did not immediately respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY, and no mention of the deaths appeared on the festival’s social media as of Sunday morning.

Organizers do address the use of generators at campsites on their festival fact sheet, saying generators can be used except in the infield. But the approval comes with a warning.

“Campsites are very close together, so we request that all Festival campers be considerate of their camping neighbors when utilizing a generator,” the fact sheet says. “To avoid excessive amounts of carbon monoxide and noise, please “pipe up” internal generators. This will allow the exhaust to be released above the RV and not into your neighbors’ camping area.”

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Carbon monoxide deaths, illnesses in Michigan

Met Police denies operation failed at Wembley

The Metropolitan Police has denied that its operation failed ahead of Sunday’s UEFA Euro 2020 final at Wembley and has said that the match “could have been abandoned” without the immediate intervention of officers.

The final between England and Italy on Sunday night was marred by ugly scenes which saw several ticketless fans storm Wembley after breaking through ticket barriers. Videos on social media also showed fans fighting with other supporters and stewards once inside the stadium.

The official capacity for the match was 60,000 in line with COVID-19 guidelines. However, estimates suggest that there were around 200,000 fans in the vicinity of the stadium ahead of kick-off.

The English Football Association (FA) said on Monday that it would carry out a full review and investigation into the events. UEFA, football’s European governing body, followed suit on Tuesday and specifically charged the FA with offences relating to invasion of the field of play by its supporters, throwing of objects by its supporters, lighting a firework by its fans and disturbance of the Italian national anthem.

UEFA said that an Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed to conduct a disciplinary investigation into events involving supporters which occurred “inside and around the stadium”. More information on this matter will be made available in due course.

Sunday’s events have led to criticism of the security operation in place at Wembley but the Met Police has denied that it was at fault. In a statement issued yesterday (Wednesday), Deputy Assistant Commissioner Jane Conners reiterated the Met’s commitment to identifying the fans responsible for the scenes at Wembley and in central London.

“Ahead of the final, police commanders deployed one of the most significant and comprehensive policing plans the Met has ever committed to a football match of this scale,” said Conners. “In Wembley, soon into the day it became clear that a high number of fans were arriving without tickets.

“Police commanders recognised this could result in ticketless fans attempting to get into the stadium, they updated security officials at Wembley of this risk. To support the stewarding efforts, further highly trained public order officers were deployed to Wembley Stadium as a precaution.

“Soon after gates opened, the stewarding and outer security perimeter became overwhelmed and fans began pushing through security checks. I want to praise the quick response by police commanders and those brave officers who confronted these subsequent scenes of disorder and violence.”

The statement continued: “I am in no doubt that their swift action prevented any further escalation. Frustratingly, 19 of our officers were injured during the course of Sunday’s policing operation when confronting volatile crowds.

“I do not accept that the policing operation failed and I stand by the difficult decisions made by police officers and the Met’s public order commanders. Without their immediate intervention, it is possible that this game could have been abandoned.

“The ugly scenes at Wembley on Sunday night will rightly be reviewed by the Football Association and by police. Where lessons can be learnt we will work with partners to ensure that future matches are not disrupted by a group of hooligans who are fuelled on alcohol.”

The Met Police said that 51 people were arrested across London as part of its policing operation on Sunday. Twenty-six of those were arrested in Wembley, with 25 arrests made following events in central London. Further arrests are expected in the coming days and weeks.

One of the organisers of the groups of ticketless fans that stormed Wembley told The Guardian earlier this week that hundreds of supporters had shared tips about getting into Wembley via instant messaging platform Telegram.

The fan detailed how he and around 300 others got into Wembley via an entrance for disabled visitors and claimed others bribed stewards to get in. The fan estimated that at least 5,000 entered the stadium without a ticket.

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