A truly scary situation in Kansas City, as a man fired shots from parking lot at Arrowhead Stadium, which led police to shut down the Truman Sports Complex, where they are reportedly still in a standoff. That means not only Arrowhead Stadium is closed, but also Kauffman Stadium, where the Royals are supposed to host the Pittsburgh Pirates in just a few hours.
Because of the ongoing standoff, the Pirates haven’t been able to leave their hotel:
Pirates are delayed at team hotel in KC as there’s a standoff with a shooting suspect in the Arrowhead parking lot adjacent to Royals Stadium. Team is on hold, understandably.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) September 12, 2020
Captain Jackson said an adult male was shooting at Arrowhead employees in the parking lot in front of Arrowhead Stadium and Kauffman Stadium. He said no one was hit and there are currently no games being held at the stadium, however, the Kansas City Royals are slated to play the Pittsburgh Pirates at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday evening. He said due to the stadium being in lockdown, the department has been in communication with both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Royals.
According to Captain Jackson, the suspect has been confined to the south end of the parking lots on the southeast side. He said while officers have made contact, they are still unsure what exactly they are dealing with.
Hopefully this can be peacefully resolved, and if it means taking sufficient time that the Pirates and Royals have to have their game postponed, then so be it. The postponement would be just another among many scary and bizarre postponements in baseball this year.
UPDATE: The shooter is reportedly contained to a limited area, and a Royals spokesperson indicated tonight’s game is not expected to be delayed at this time.