“Crime in our Country is escalating at a pace we’ve never seen before. At the same time, people are pouring through our Borders totally unchecked. Jails in other countries are being emptied out into the United States,” Trump announced in an emailed statement on Sunday.
He explained that crime was “far worse” in cities than thought throughout the 2020 presidential election.
Shots were fired outside the stadium on Saturday evening throughout the sixth inning of a game between the Washington Nationals and the San Diego Padres.
Three people were injured.
The gunplay set off a panic inside the stadium, with players running into the stands to get their families to some kind of shelter and spectators streaming to the exits.
Nationals Manager Davey Martinez announced that he guided fans and players' families into the dugout.
"For me yesterday, I tried to protect as many people as possible," he stated at an emotional news conference Sunday.
Padres players Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, and Wil Myers were seen on video opening a gate to the field and letting people stream into their dugout. One player picked up and carried a child.
Tatis, a shortstop, said he was trying to get fans and players' families to safety.
"It was crazy," he told Bally Sports, the regional network that broadcasts Padres games. "It was a panic moment."
Big cities across the nation have been troubled by an increase in shootings and murders, leaving lawmakers struggling to get any kind of answer.
In 2020, murders jumped by nearly 25 percent across the nation.
Washington, DC, saw its homicide rate hit a 16-year high in 2020 with 198 people killed and 920 shot.
Statistics issued by the Metropolitan Police Department reveal there have been 101 killings in DC already this year.
Chicago is also dealing with a dramatic spike in murders and shootings.
Over the weekend, 60 people were shot, 10 fatally in the Windy City, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
According to the newspaper’s database, which tracks individual murders, 772 people have been murdered in Chicago in the past year.
The city has undergone 382 murders already this year — five less than last year at this time, though, 48 percent more than 2019.
In NYC, according to the latest NYPD crime data from last month, shootings are up 68 percent in 2021 with 602 shooting incidents injuring or killing 687 victims.