WH Press Secretary Jen Psaki throws first pitch at Nationals Stadium, a day after shooting

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki threw the first pitch into Nationals Park on Sunday, just a day after a shooting in the outdoor parking lot that injured three people, halted play and forced fans to flee.

Video posted to Twitter by Deputy Press Secretary Chris Meagher reveals a huge amount of empty seats, in what would otherwise be a packed stadium full of cheering fans.

The Washington Nationals announced Friday afternoon that Psaki would throw the first pitch ahead of a game between the Nats and the San Diego Padres.

Just a day after a shooting halted a game and left three people injured in Nationals Park, White House press secretary Jen Psaki stepped up to the plate and threw the first pitch out on Sunday.

The Washington Nationals announced Friday afternoon that Psaki would throw the first pitch ahead of a game between the Nats and the San Diego Padres

The Washington Nationals announced Friday afternoon that Psaki would throw the first pitch ahead of a game between the Nats and the San Diego Padres

Psaki high-fives Nationals pitcher Kyle Finnegan after throwing the ball over home plate

Psaki high-fives Nationals pitcher Kyle Finnegan after throwing the ball over home plate

The announcement came ahead of the DC team’s “William & Mary Day” in honor of the press secretary’s Virginia alma mater.

“On Sunday, July 18, against the San Diego Padres, the Nationals will host William & Mary Day,” the team said in a press release. Ceremonial first pitch will be pitched by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, a graduate of William & Mary.

While it’s an honor for any Washingtonian, throwing an opening pitch is often an honor best reserved for presidents and senior officials and a press secretary rarely experiences.

President Joe Biden, 78, has yet to give an opening pitch while in office.

Last year, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, selected to throw the opening pitch for Major League Baseball’s 2020 season opener, but he fiddled with the ball in the ground.

The announcement came ahead of the

The announcement came ahead of the DC team’s “William & Mary Day” in honor of the press secretary’s Virginia alma mater.

Last year, Dr.  Anthony Fauci, (pictured) the nation's leading infectious disease expert, selected to throw the opening pitch for the 2020 Major League Baseball season opener, but he fiddled with the ball

Last year, Dr. Anthony Fauci, (pictured) the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, selected to throw the opening pitch for the 2020 Major League Baseball season opener, but he fiddled with the ball

When the stadium was evacuated, heavily armed law enforcement officers were left behind

When the stadium was evacuated, heavily armed law enforcement officers were left behind

Fans jump well into a camera after hearing gunshots from outside the stadium, during a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington

Fans jump well into a camera after hearing gunshots from outside the stadium, during a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington

There was a lot of police in the area around the stadium on Saturday evening

There was a lot of police in the area around the stadium on Saturday evening

The Nationals were in the sixth inning of a game against the San Diego Padres on Saturday when several shots rang out in quick succession, 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 ended outside the stadium when gunmen in two cars exchanged fire.

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.

A $10,000 reward was offered for information about Saturday’s shooting outside Nationals Park, where three people were shot just outside the gate of the stadium’s third base when gunmen in two cars exchanged fire.

Police released photos of one of the cars involved on Sunday, hoping to track down the suspects.

Police released photos of one of the cars involved in the shooting on Sunday in hopes of tracking down the suspects.  Police said the vehicle had a temporary Virginia tag.

Police released photos of one of the cars involved in the shooting on Sunday in hopes of tracking down the suspects. Police said the vehicle had a temporary Virginia tag.

The driver of the car fled after the 9:30 p.m. shooting.

“The suspect vehicle in this case is described as a gray Toyota Corolla with a missing rear wheel cover on the driver’s side and dark-tinted windows,” the Metropolitan Police Department said in a press release on Sunday.

The vehicle is believed to have a temporary Virginia tag.

“The vehicle was captured by a nearby surveillance camera and can be seen in the photos.”

However, the police union blamed the “elected officers” they believed allowed DC to become lawless.

“Welcome to Washington, DC, where violent crime pervades everything,” they tweeted Sunday morning.

“It’s a tragedy that elected officials won’t let us do our job.”

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