A woman and her 2-year-old son died Saturday afternoon after falling from the third floor of Petco Park, as thousands of baseball fans marched inside for a Padres game, San police said. Diego.
The woman, 40, and the boy were pronounced dead at 4:11 p.m., about 20 minutes after police were alerted to the incident, Lt. Andra Brown said.
The pair fell from the third level lobby – the equivalent of six stories – to the sidewalk below on Tony Gwynn Drive, Brown said. Although efforts were made to resuscitate the woman and child, it quickly became apparent that neither survived the fall, she said.
Their names were not disclosed; both lived in San Diego. The mother and child were in a hall-level dining room / concession before the fall, Police Lt. Adam T. Sharki said. The child’s father was at the stadium when the deaths occurred, police reported.
Police said it was too early to know whether the fall was accidental or intentional, but noted the deaths “looked suspicious.”
Brown said there were perhaps a number of people in the lobby who could have more information, which she said could potentially “give the family some peace.”
“Our thoughts are obviously with the family, but also with the people who were here and could potentially be traumatized who saw this,” Brown said. “It’s a horrible, horrible thing. That’s why we give it a very serious look.
The incident horrified fans who had come to Petco Park to encourage the Padres to take on the Atlanta Braves at the end of the baseball season. The social media posts reflected the sadness and shock of those who had seen what had happened, and others in the stands at the 4:15 p.m. game spoke to each other.
“I’m just sitting in my seat crying,” one fan tweeted. “Wtf is even counting right now on the court knowing what happened here. If anyone is at Petco and needs a hug, I’m downstairs. It’s beyond devastating.
Several people who said they witnessed the fall were too shaken to speak.
A man who did not wish to be identified said his wife witnessed the fall. She told him it looked like a toddler had fallen from an area with picnic tables and the woman also fell while trying to grab the child.
A woman who declined to give her name told the San Diego Union-Tribune that she was walking across the footbridge from the Omni Hotel to the stadium when the incident happened and did not see the fall . She testified that her husband saw a woman and a child pass “on the third floor side of Petco” outside of Section 316.
Anyone who has witnessed the incident or has information is urged to call San Diego Police at (619) 531-2293 or leave an anonymous message with Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
Union-Tribune editor Kristina Davis contributed to this report.