A man was shot behind a liquor store across from Nationals Park on Tuesday morning and then ran toward where people were gathered for a job fair at the stadium, D.C. police said.
Authorities said that the shooting was not connected to the job fair to fill concession-stand positions but that the event was canceled as a result of the incident. The Nationals have rescheduled the job fair for Jan. 31.
Police said the victim was shot in the face and shoulder and was reported conscious and breathing when he was transported to a hospital. No arrests have been made, but the shooter was seen driving away in a car, possibly a Chevrolet Impala, police said.
D.C. Police Cmdr. Morgan C. Kane, who runs the 1st District station, said the shooting occurred a few minutes after 10 a.m. in the 1300 block of South Capitol Street SW. Kane said the victim ran east on N Street and crossed South Capitol Street. That is near the stadium’s center field entrance, where people had gathered to attend the job fair.
D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), chairman of the public safety committee, said the victim ran right into the people lined up to enter the fair, “freaking everybody out, understandably.”
The incident attracted attention because it appeared from early Twitter accounts that a gunman had shot into a crowd; police quickly said the shooting had occurred about a block away and was the result of an isolated dispute.
“All signs are pointing to two people who knew each other,” Allen said.
Adam Kilgore contributed to this article.