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Nationals-Braves game postponed after Navy Yard shooting

Sep 16, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

UPDATE: The game has been postponed and the two teams will play a day-night doubleheader tomorrow.

UPDATE: The teams have been given clearance to enter Nationals Park. No suggestion yet that the game may be cancelled. Which, given the latest reports on the number of dead, police instructions to the general population about steering clear of the area and given reports that there could still be shooters at large, is rather surprising. I would not be shocked if there are more updates.

11:42 AM: This is obviously trivial compared to what’s going on at the Navy Yard in Washington today, but one result of the shooting could be the postponement of tonight’s Braves-Nationals game at Nationals Park:

The ballpark is mere blocks from the crime scene. Depending on the still-developing situation, authorities may not want hundreds of team personnel and thousands of fans descending on the area today.

For more reports and information on the shooting, please go to NBCNews.com.

  1. NatsLady - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Prayers and more prayers for all.

    They are using one of the Nats parking lost for families to re-unite and get status. Many of these buildings don’t have cell phone service for security.

    As a person who lived and worked here through 9/11 and the DC sniper… words fail me.

    • NatsLady - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Er, parking lots.

      • 1ambetterthanyou - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        Er, reunite.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

        ha ha! I thought I was the only one who still did that. We must have learned from the same grammar and spelling books. I have to stop myself from hyphenating verbs all the time — and also, I still spell some words the old fashionedy way. (I punctuate formally too!) Language wouldn’t change so much if lazy punks learned to do it right. Get off my internet! LOL

    • 1ambetterthanyou - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      i hope they charge those families the same price for parking as they charge the fans.

      • NatsLady - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        You are sick. Craig, please delete the above comment.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        Show some class and decency. Go away and never come back.

      • NatsLady - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        If you are going to correct spelling, how about starting with yours? Like, the first word of a sentence? Not to mention the first person pronoun? Usually spelled with a capital letter, yes? Jerk.

      • 1ambetterthanyou - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        If you are going to correct spelling, how about starting with yours? Like, the first word of a sentence? Not to mention the first person pronoun? Usually spelled with a capital letter, yes? Jerk.

        Breathe and count to three before you respond. maybe then it won’t look like you are in 3rd grade.

    • 1ambetterthanyou - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      As a person who lived and worked here through 9/11 and the DC sniper… words fail me.

      Why do you people that claim to have lived through 9/11 feel the need to remind everyone else constantly?

      • Old Gator - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:16 PM

        Why do you have to be here at all? You’re a complete asshole.

      • asimonetti88 - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:23 PM

        Why do some people who feel the need to be contrarians do so even in the most inappropriate times?

    • misterj167 - Sep 16, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      Who the hell gave you thumbs down on that???

  2. stlouis1baseball - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Haven’t heard anything about it. Time to google it.

  3. stlouis1baseball - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Terrible. I really, really, really, really, REALLY hope they shoot and kill the perpetrator.
    Swift action with the courts not playing a part.

    • twilson962 - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      They have.

      • natstowngreg - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        But authorities think there may have been other shooters, and the search continues.

        Also, they won’t say yet how many people were killed.

      • jwbiii - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        I have read three confirmed dead, with several more critically wounded and not expected to survive.

      • jwbiii - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        The WaPo is now saying 7 dead, including one shooter. I imagine the authorities are finding more bodies as they inch through the building looking for other shooters.

    • 1ambetterthanyou - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Don’t you think the shooter deserved a trial by jury? What proof do YOU have to indicate that he really was the shooter?

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        1) No.
        2) Numerous people saw him shooting.

        Anymore questions feel free to ask.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        See, the Constitution and rule of law are only things we love when they are protecting OUR rights. Otherwise, they are just slowing down justice.

      • 1ambetterthanyou - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        historiophiliac – you hit the nail on the head. the rule of law doesn’t apply to those seeking blood justice. Who needs a judge and trial when you can just mow down the alleged?

      • jm91rs - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        99 times out of 100 a man with a gun shooting at random innocent people isn’t going to put down that gun. Your argument is a moot point. If the guy puts down his gun he gets a trial, if he goes out shooting, he dies. Simple as that.

      • jm91rs - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        If we find out this guy was sitting there with his hands on his head trying to be arrested and they shot him anyway, you’ll have your trial and justice. Since that will not be the case, the only way to stop the guy was to kill him. The constitution does not protect someone actively shooting others.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        “See, the Constitution and rule of law are only things we love when they are protecting OUR rights. Otherwise, they are just slowing down justice.”

        Philiac…you very much did hit the nail on the head (in spite of the sarcasm).
        In this particular case…numerous witnesses saw the lunatic shooting. So yeah…let’s speed up that “justice” part. It appears they did just that too! Glad to hear he isn’t going to be draining the system with endless amounts of fruitless appeals. Forcing the victims families to endure seemingly endless court appearances, motions, etc…

      • Old Gator - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        Numerous witnesses also saw two more assailants. One of the two has already been cleared as just another guy running for cover. The shooter has been identified as a worker at the yard who apparently went postal. The third assailant apparently doesn’t exist. So much for the reliability of witnesses in a chaotic situation.

      • jm91rs - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        At this point (just like at Sandy Hook, the marathon bombings, and just about every other awful shooting) everything you read is subject to change. When the final story is written I think it will go something like this…The dude with the gun that was shooting everyone has been shot by authorities (just he way he likely intended for this fiasco to end). I think that’s justice enough. I personally would like these guys to be taken alive so that families have a chance to ask why, but I won’t lose any sleep over the killer being killed here.

  4. NatsLady - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    The police chief said they are looking for two additional suspects. There are “multiple” fatalities in the building. Can’t imagine they will play a baseball game in less than seven hours. You may be able to see from the Google map they show on CNN how close Nats Park is to the scene. One of the parking lots is literally across the street.

    • natstowngreg - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Saw a report that Metro is operating the Green Line normally, and the New Jersey Ave. entrance to the Navy Yard station has reopened. This is surprising, given how close that entrance is to the shootings.

      • Old Gator - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        They seem to have determined that the “two other shooters” were products of the chaos that engulfed the rampage. Looks like they got the guy responsible. Considering how heavily he was armed, a death toll of “only” four or five is remarkably small. It doesn’t sound like this guy was especially familiar with how to operate automatic weapons, which is a blessing.

  5. natstowngreg - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    The latest report is, 12 dead. They’re still looking for possible additional suspects.

    Meanwhile, the Washington NBC station reports that the Nats plan toplay tonight.

    • 1ambetterthanyou - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      Figures….just like the talentless and disrespectful Bryce Harper, the Nats are going to make it all about them instead of the victims of this tragic event.

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        It must be tough not having any friends.
        I hope it eases your pain somewhat to know that I feel very sorry for you.

      • sabatimus - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        This is a sports blog, last I checked. Seriously, get this guy out of here please.

      • 1ambetterthanyou - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        And what exactly did the OP’s post have to do with sports?

      • magicrat13 - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        i have to believe you are posting these things just to get a rise out of folks….it’s how you get your jollies….seriously, no one can be that big of an a$$, can they????

      • jm91rs - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        Look at his/her handle. It’s obviously someone that faked sick from school and is in his/her mom’s basement right now getting a rise out of being an anonymous asshole.

  6. sabatimus - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    If DC police are telling people to avoid the area, MLB allowing the Nats game to go on is irresponsible at best.

    • 1ambetterthanyou - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      Where are people going to park? Sounds like the existing fan parking will be used for a candle light vigil.

  7. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    I work not too far from the area, and have been to the Yard on several occasions for work. It is terribly saddening to hear this news, knowing that there are a lot of people there simply trying to go about their normal day, working to put support family and friends, only to have some monster come in and commit these terrible acts. Thought and Prayers to all those affected today. The world is too full of evil.

  8. Old Gator - Sep 16, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    They’ve identified the shooter – a whacko who worked at the yard and went postal. I’m sure a lot of perfectly decent, law-abiding American Muslims are breathing a huge sigh of relief at the moment. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.

    • aceshigh11 - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Hey, my Dad was a postal worker for over 30 years…worked his ass off and raised a nice family (aside from me, but I digress).

      I know “going postal” is part of the American lexicon, but it’s always bugged me how people constantly shit on the post office…

      • Kevin S. - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        That first paragraph basically describes my dad too, and he thinks the phrase is fairly appropriate. Guess it depends on what side of the post office one sees.

      • aceshigh11 - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        No, it’s definitely not a pleasant work environment at times…my Dad’s got horror stories for DAYS, but still…

        The implication that postal workers are just one bad day away from being Michael Douglas in Falling Down is just off.

      • 1ambetterthanyou - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        How about “going Sandy Hook”?

        This event might give new meaning to “he went Yard” now.

  9. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    It appears that the game has been postponed

    • natstowngreg - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      Took a while, but sense prevailed.

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