SAN DIEGO — San Diego Padres fans were horrified to hear about a mother and child falling to their deaths Saturday afternoon from Petco Park’s third level near the concourse dining area.
Police say the two victims, a 40 and 2-year-old, fell an estimated six stories onto Tony Gwynn Drive and L Street outside of the stadium. The incident was reported by police at around 3:50 p.m. in the Gaslamp Quarter, just before the Padres-Braves game started at 4:15 p.m.
“My heart goes out to the families,” Padres fan Jim Rouse said. “What a tragic, tragic situation.”
Rouse said he got a text message from the Omni San Diego Hotel that “basically said medical emergency.”
“Bridge is shut down and then they gave instructions on how to get out of the park,” he said.
Police described the deaths as `”suspicious” and have shut down the area as part of the investigation.
“We do not know the circumstances surrounding it,” says San Diego Police Lieutenant Andra Brown. “We do not know if it was accidental or intentional.”
Police say they are speaking with the father at the scene. Authorities are asking any fans who may have witnessed the fall to come forward.
“It’s a tragic event,” says Lt. Brown. “We feel horrible for the families and our hearts obviously go out to the family members, but also the people here that potentially could be traumatized.”
The Padres released a statement Sunday on the incident.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of life at Petco Park last evening,” the statement read. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of those involved. We will continue to refrain from comment on the nature of the incident as it is an ongoing investigation by the San Diego Police Department.”
Anyone with information about the deaths was asked to call homicide detectives at 619-531-2293.