WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals postponed their game with National League East rival Atlanta Braves Monday following a shooting earlier in the day that left at least 12 people dead at the nearby Washington Navy Yard.
Major League Baseball announced the game would be made up as a part of a split doubleheader on Tuesday with games at 1:05 p.m., and 7:05 p.m. The Braves conclude their last trip this season to Washington after a single game Wednesday.
"All of us here in the Nationals organization were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic events that occurred this morning only a few blocks from Nationals Park. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families," the Nationals said in a statement that was released at 3:23 p.m. "In light of the circumstances, we have decided to postpone tonight's game against the Atlanta Braves.
"The safety of our fans is our utmost priority. As we have throughout the day, the Nationals security personnel will continue to work closely with all levels of law enforcement to reinforce the already high level of security in place at Nationals Park."
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said about 2 p.m. that 12 people had been killed, including the shooter. She said two other suspects were being sought in connection with the incident. WTOP.com reported the shooter as Aaron Alexis, 34, from Texas, who may have gained access to the facility by using someone else's ID.
Atlanta rookie outfielder Joey Terdoslavich told The Sports Xchange at 1:15 p.m. that he heard about the shooting in a text message from teammates Monday morning. One bus with Braves players left the team hotel at about 2 p.m. and began to head to Nationals Park, according to mlb.com.
The Navy Yard and Nationals Park are on the north side of the Anacostia River and Nationals Park is on South Capitol Street, about two miles south of the U.S. Capitol. Some fans in the upper deck at Nationals Park can see the dome of the U.S. Capitol to the north.
The shooting at a military installation came just hours after the Wounded Warriors took part in a benefit softball game at Nationals Park following an 11-2 win by Washington over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday afternoon. Celebrity players included the wives of Washington players Ian Desmond and Adam LaRoche, along with Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, from nearby Bethesda, Md.
The Braves can clinch the National League East title with two wins in the three-game series against the Nationals, who began Monday 4 1/2 games back of the Reds for the second wild card spot in the National League.
Left-hander Mike Minor (13-7, 3.15 ERA) of Atlanta and right-hander Dan Haren (9-13, 5.02) of Washington will pitch the first game Tuesday. The starters in the second game will be Atlanta righty Freddy Garcia (1-1, 1.32) and Washington right-hander Tanner Roark (6-0, 1.30).