Mother and child die in fall in Petco Park lobby dining room
SAN DIEGO – A mother and child were killed on Saturday after falling about six stories from the lobby dining room at Petco Park in downtown San Diego, according to the San Diego Police Department.
The incident was reported by police at around 3:50 p.m. in the East Village, just before the Padres-Braves match started at 4:15 p.m.
Authorities say medical personnel arrived at the scene and performed CPR for about 20 minutes, but the two victims were later pronounced dead.
The San Diego Fire Department initially said the woman and child fell from a pedestrian bridge, but the SDPD later confirmed the incident occurred at the baseball stadium.
According to the SDPD, the 40-year-old woman and 2-year-old fell from a third level of the stadium to the sidewalk below at 200 Tony Gwynn Way. Police called the deaths “suspect” and closed the area as part of the investigation.
“It is a tragic event,” said San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown. “We feel horrible for the families and our thoughts are obviously with the family members, but also the people here who could potentially be traumatized.”
Craig Hughner, vice president of communications for the Padres, issued a statement on the incident.
“We are aware of the incident on Tony Gwynn Dr. and first responders are on site,” Hughner said. “Due to the ongoing investigation, we are unable to comment further at this time. All media inquiries should be directed to the SDPD.
Police are investigating whether the fall was an accident.
“We don’t know the circumstances surrounding it,” Lt. Brown said. “We don’t know if it was accidental or intentional.”
The SDPD also said they were speaking with the father at the scene. They are asking all fans who may have witnessed the fall to come forward.
Anyone with information on the deaths has been advised to call homicide detectives at 619-531-2293.