A horrifying moment occurred before the start of the San Diego Padres’ game against the Atlanta Braves at Petco Park on Saturday when local police said a woman and child died after falling from the third level of the ballpark.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, a 40-year-old woman and 2-year-old boy were pronounced dead. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the fall was accidental or intentional, according to the Union-Tribune. It was noted that the deaths “appeared to be suspicious.”
Medical personnel arrived at the scene and administered CPR for 20 minutes but both victims were later pronounced dead.
“Our hearts obviously go out to the family, but also to the people who here could potentially be traumatized who saw this,” Lt. Andra Brown said, via the newspaper. “It’s a horrible, horrible thing. That’s why we’re giving it a very serious look.”
The mother and child had been at a dining/concession area on the concourse level before the fall, Lt. Adam T. Sharki said. The child’s father was at the ballpark when the deaths occurred, police reported.
“We are aware of the incident on Tony Gwynn Dr. and first responders are on scene,” Padres vice president of communications Craig Hughner said in a statement. “Due to the ongoing investigation, we are not able to comment further at this time. All media inquiries should be directed to SDPD.”
Brown said investigators understand that there may have been a number of people in the concourse area who might have more information, which, she said, could “give the family some peace.”