A young girl who witnessed the deadly shooting at the Washington Nationals game Saturday night revealed in an interview that she knew what to do because she had been involved in a shooting just eight months earlier.
Faris Nunn, 8, was sitting by the third baseline with her parents and her four-year-old brother, King, when gunmen in two cars exchanged shots in front of the gate around 9:30 p.m., shooting three people and causing chaos inside the stadium.
“I saw people looking that way, and I didn’t know what was going on until I heard someone say get out, so I just started getting under the seat,” Faris said. WUSA 9.
“It was my second shooting, so I was a little prepared because I always expect something to happen.”
Faris Nunn, 8, said she was prepared for the shooting outside the Washington Nationals game Saturday night because she had already witnessed a shooting outside her recreation center in northeastern Washington DC in early November.
Faris was on the third baseline with her parents, Lora and Jim, and her 4-year-old brother, King, when shots rang out around 9:30 PM on Saturday night.
Her mother, Lora, explained that she and her children were at a recreation center in northeast DC for a playgroup in November when a man was gunned down outside.
Washington DC police said in a press release at the time that 41-year-old Demetrius Jones was shot and killed around 10:44 a.m. on Nov. 6.
Police had found him outside the recreation center with multiple gunshot wounds that morning, they said WTOP, and he was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead after “all rescue efforts had failed.”
“We just reassured her that this isn’t normal, that no one is targeting her, that it’s just a really stressful time right now with the pandemic,” Lora said.
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Fans were told to exit the Nationals park through centerfield and rightfield. The shooting took place outside the gate of third base, according to police
Fans took cover wherever they could. In the background, the scoreboard urged fans to exit the stadium through the centerfield and rightfield field exits
Fans and players grabbed their loved ones and headed for the exits after shots rang out on Saturday night
Saturday’s shooting outside the stadium also came just a day after six-year-old Nyiah Courtney was killed and five adults injured in a mass shooting less than a mile away.
Police said someone in a silver or gray sedan opened fire near a Popeyes restaurant at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X Avenue.
Just hours before Saturday’s shooting, Mayor Muriel Bowser and other DC and federal law enforcement officers held an emotional press conference about the sickening and senseless gun violence that killed a first-grader.
During the press conference, DC Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said the gun violence must end and announced a $60,000 reward.
“We have a collective responsibility to ensure that our children have the right to be protected from violence. So I’m asking everyone to stand together and say, ‘No more’.
When the stadium was evacuated, heavily armed law enforcement officers were left behind
There was a lot of police in the area around the stadium on Saturday evening
With the US Capitol in the background, members of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department investigate the scene of a shooting outside the Nationals Park
The Nationals were in the sixth inning of a game against the San Diego Padres, and players ran off the field between innings when several shots rang out in quick succession Saturday night, raising fears of a mass shooting at the stadium.
Fans rushed onto the pitch for cover and turned tables in a bar to hide behind, while players frantically searched for relatives in the stands.
“It was just a chaotic scene,” umpire crew chief Mark Carlson told The Associated Press.
“We heard what sounded like rapid gunfire. We didn’t know where it came from.’
In the shooting that took place just outside the stadium, one of the victims – a woman – was an innocent bystander.
She was caught in the crossfire as the gunmen opened fire on each other, Ashan Benedict, the Metropolitan Police Department’s assistant chief of police, said at a news conference on Saturday night.
The victim’s injuries are not considered life-threatening, Benedict said.
The other two people who were shot were in the same car and walked into nearby hospitals where they are being questioned by police. The DC Police Department is also looking for the second car.
DC police originally said two victims had been taken to hospital and two walked into area hospitals for gunshot wounds, but they updated the number to three victims during the press conference.
Wil Myers #5 of the San Diego Padres seeks family after shooting outside the stadium
The San Diego Padres’s Jurickson Profar #10 of the San Diego Padres runs off the field with his family
Jennifer Jacobs, senior White House reporter for Bloomberg News, was at the game and tweeted about her experience
Jennifer Jacobs, senior White House reporter for Bloomberg News, was at the game, tweeting, “The first sign of trouble was when everyone in and around Section 115 suddenly stood up and stared west at the great halls. The news quickly spread of “gunshots.” The ball players went off the field.’
She also shared videos on Twitter of fans and staff running into a bar for safety and falling from tables to take cover.
Faris’ father, Jim, said that from where they sat he could see “hands waving telling people to sit down.”
“We weren’t sure if it was a fight that broke out or something,” he told WUSA. “But when people came down the stairs, people started saying there was an active gunman. So everyone got under their seats and took cover.’
His wife, Lora, said the ushers were helpful in keeping everyone calm and “at least the people around us were relatively calm and only checking on the children as there were a lot of young children that night.”
Police in Washington DC are looking for a gray Toyota Corolla with a missing hubcap, which was seen at the scene of Saturday night’s shooting outside Washington Nationals stadium
They said the vehicle had a temporary Virginia label. Police are looking for the owner
Officials are now offering a $10,000 reward for any information about Saturday’s shooting, as police try to locate one of the cars involved in the shooting.
Police released photos on Sunday of the car, a gray Toyota Corolla with a missing rear wheel cover on the driver’s side and dark-tinted windows.
It is believed to have a temporary Virginia label, Metropolitan Police said, and was caught by a nearby security camera.