Man sets himself on fire outside White House and dies from his injuries

2019-05-31 12:29
Arnav Gupta. (PHOTO: Facebook)

Arnav Gupta. (PHOTO: Facebook)

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A man who set himself on fire outside the White House on Wednesday has died from his injuries, authorities confirmed yesterday.

Around 12.20pm on Wednesday 29 May, US Secret Service and park police responded to reports of a man who set himself on fire on the White House Ellipse lawn, CBS news reports.

Police later identified the man as Arnav Gupta (33).

Gupta was rushed to a local hospital for treatment but by the evening he’d succumbed to his injuries, according to the New York Post.

Gupta had been reported missing just hours before the incident and was last seen by his family when he left his home around 9.20am that day, Montgomery County Police Department said in a Facebook post.

A man who claims his daughter witnessed the incident said the 33-year-old had been running through the park before setting himself ablaze, FOX news reports.

A similar incident happened last month when a man set himself on fire while positioned along the White House’s north fence line.

The man set his outer jacket on fire and was operating an electric wheelchair scooter, officials said at the time.

Sources: CBS news, New York Post, FOX news

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