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Joint Statement by the District of Columbia and the Washington Nationals

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Washington, DC – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and Mark D. Lerner, Managing Principal Owner of the Washington Nationals, issued the following statement after the shooting outside of Nats Park on July 17.

“We stand together against senseless acts of gun violence in the city we love. Gun violence — no matter where it occurs in our city — is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) continues to work closely with Nationals security to ensure the continued safety of residents, fans, workers and all individuals in the area.

“While MPD’s investigation is ongoing, it appears the incident involved a dispute between individuals in two vehicles.  MPD does not believe the Washington Nationals, the ballpark or fans were the target. Anyone with information about those involved is asked to contact MPD at (202) 727-9099 or text 50411.

“We appreciate the tremendous cooperation of the fans at Saturday night’s game who did all that was asked of them under very stressful circumstances, and the police and the fire emergency medical personnel who responded. We are committed to a safe, enjoyable experience for all.”