San Diego police are investigating the death of a woman and her 2-year-old son Saturday after they fell from the third level of Petco Park, just as thousands of baseball fans were heading inside for a Padres game, it reported. the San Diego Union-Tribune.
The 40-year-old woman and the boy were pronounced dead at 4:11 pm, about 20 minutes after police were alerted to the incident, Lt. Andra Brown told the newspaper.
The couple fell from the third-level concourse, the equivalent of six stories high, onto the sidewalk below on Tony Gwynn Drive, Brown said.
Their names were not revealed; they both lived in San Diego. The mother and child had been in a concession / dining area on the concourse level before the fall, Lt. Adam T. Sharki said. The boy’s father was at the stadium when the deaths occurred, police said.
“We are aware of the incident at Tony Gwynn Dr. and first responders are on the scene,” Padres vice president of communications Craig Hughner said in a statement. “Due to the ongoing investigation, we are unable to comment further at this time. All media inquiries should be directed to the SDPD.”
Police told the Union-Tribune that it is too early to know whether the fall was accidental or intentional, but said the deaths “appeared to be suspicious.”
Brown said investigators understand that there may be several people in the esplanade area who might have more information, which, he said, could “give the family some peace.”
Associated Press contributed to this report.