The man who lit himself on fire near White House identified as Arnav Gupta from Bethesda, Md., 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 agency tweeted.
Arnav Gupta was admitted with “life-threatening injuries” and died later Wednesday night, according to police.
33-year-old Gupta had been reported missing earlier in the day by Montgomery County Police.
Montgomery County officials said in a news release that 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 said his daughter witnessed the incident said the person had been running through the park before setting himself ablaze.
Krisjan Berzins also posted a video, which showed Gupta engulfed in flames.
“Unbelievable,” he wrote.
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