Padres superstars Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado are being hailed for their exploits after gunfire forced the national stadium to close and left some fans looking for a safe place to hide.
The video inside the game shows Tatis and Machado exiting the 3rd base canoe and running to open a fence towards the stands. As we reported, someone fired at least 7 shots Saturday evening just outside the stadium, during the 6th round.
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The gunshots could be heard on the show as the teams made their way to their shelters, and fans were immediately asked to take shelter in place. Some fans at the pitch level were exposed and rushed to find a place to take cover, and that’s where the hitters stepped in to help.
Both players fled from the cover of their dugout canoe and unlocked the doors to the stands on the pitch – allowing terrified fans to escape. A stream of spectators sprinted, some carrying children from the field to the protected canoe.
Cops say a total of 3 people were injured in the shooting … including a woman who attended the game. Although the shots were fired outside the stadium, cops say at least one bullet ricocheted and hit the spectator.
It is believed to be a car shootout, and the cops are still looking for the suspects.