AMarylandman who set himself ablaze at a park outside theWhite Houseon Wednesday died of his injuries, authorities announced Thursday morning.
The U.S. Park Police said in a news release the incident happened at 12:25 p.m. on The Ellipse, near 15th Street and Constitution Avenue south of the White House. Officials have not yet publicly identified a possible motive for the self-immolation, which was captured in a series of shocking pics and videos from the scene.
“The individual was extinguished and later transported to a local hospital for treatment,” the agencytweeted.
The man, identified as Arnav Gupta from Bethesda, Md., was admitted with “life-threatening injuries” and died later Wednesday night,according to police.
Gupta, 33, had been reported missing earlier in the day by Montgomery County Police.
Montgomery County officialssaid in a news releasethat family members reported they had last seen him around 9:20 a.m. on Wednesday and were “concerned for Gupta’s physical and emotional welfare.”
The incident on Wednesday prompted a large emergency response as authorities rushed into the park to douse the flames.
A man who’s daughter witnesses the incident described it as “unbelievable.”(Anonymous)
A man whosaid his daughterwitnessed the incident said the person had been running through the park before setting himself ablaze.
Krisjan Berzinsalso posteda video, which showed Gupta engulfed in flames.