Nationals shooting: At least 4 hospitalized after gunfire erupts outside DC stadium as terrified attendees hide inside

PANIC-stricken baseball fans were sent running for cover after gunshots were fired outside the Washington Nationals stadium on Saturday night, injuring four.

The chaos unfolded just after 9.30pm inside the Nationals Park in Washington DC as the team faced off against the San Diego Padres.

At least four people were injured by the gunfire, police say.

Two of the victims were transported to hospital via ambulance conscious and breathing.

Another two walked into area hospitals "for treatment of gunshot wounds." 

The victims' conditions are not known at this time.

Police say the shooting – which took placed outside of the park's third base gate – was not related to the game.

Video posted to social media showed players running into the stands to take members to safety.

Inside the stadium, fans were also seen scrambling towards the exit and ducking for cover under tables.

A series of thunderous shots were heard booming out in the background in the live broadcast of the game at the top of the sixth inning.

A least seven separate gunshots can be heard in the clip.

Police hunt gunman

The players on the field immediately rush to the dugout and spectators are seen leaping up from their seats.

Fans were initially warned to shelter in place by the stadium announcer.

In a tweet, the team later encouraged fans to "exit the ballpark via the CF and RF gates at this time.

"We're working with law enforcement to provide more information as soon as it becomes available."

The Metropolitan Police Department confirmed in a statement that it was responding to the shooting in the 1500 block of South Capitol Street and that two people were shot.

Police said there was "no ongoing threat at this time", adding: "This is an active investigation."

Around two dozen police cars, ambulances, and fire engines responded to the scene.

Game abandoned

The game has been suspended and will resume at 1.05pm on Sunday.

The Nationals were losing, 8-4, at the time of the stoppage.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was due to throw the opening pitch between the Nationals and the Padres on Sunday. It's currently unclear whether that will still go ahead.

The shooting came as the city was still reeling from a drive-by mass shooting that left a six-year-old girl dead and five others injured on Friday.

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