Nationals-Braves Game Delayed a Day After Slayings Near ParkCurtis Eichelberger
The Washington Nationals’ game tonight against the Atlanta Braves was postponed after at least 12 people were shot to death at the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters near the ballpark, the team said on Twitter.
The game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader tomorrow, Major League Baseball said in a statement. The first game will start at 1:05 p.m. and the second at 7:05 p.m.
“All of us here in the Nationals organization were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic events that occurred this morning only a few blocks from Nationals Park,” the team said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with our friends at the Navy Yard and those impacted by today’s incident.”
The shootings began around 8:15 a.m. about a mile from the U.S. Capitol. Authorities closed streets near the Navy Yard and lockdowns were imposed at nearby schools.
The Navy Yard shooting was the deadliest mass killing in the U.S. since 20 pupils and six adults were shot in Newtown, Connecticut, in December. Last month, Army Major Nidal Hassan was sentenced to death for a November 2009 shooting that left 13 people dead and more than 30 others wounded at Fort Hood, Texas.
The District of Columbia used Parking Lot B at Nationals Stadium as a site for people trying to reunite with family members who worked at the Navy Yard.