This Wednesday, as D.C. and the United States at large reeled from a surprise press conference from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, attention at the White House was briefly majorly diverted when a not immediately identified man set themselves on fire at a park right outside known as the Ellipse. U.S. Secret Service rushed to the scene and reported that they were assisting the National Park Service and local United States Park Police in providing first aid.
There’s little immediate indication as to what motive the man who lit themselves on fire may have had. The incident comes within weeks of a similar event outside the White House when a wheelchair-bound man attempted to light themselves on fire, successfully torching some of their clothes. That man was taken into custody with non-life threatening injuries and rather than proving some kind of apparent credible threat to government officials, he has been reported to have mental health issues.
It’s unclear what exact condition the man who set themselves on fire this week may be in following the incident. Bystanders captured footage of “heavy smoke coming out of the park as emergency vehicles appeared to rush to the scene,” as the New York Daily News puts it. The Secret Service themselves have provided no apparent updates as of mid-Wednesday afternoon as to the man’s actual condition.
President Donald Trump was by all appearances in Washington D.C. at the time of this latest incident. As of about 2 P.M. local time, he had not seemingly publicly responded to what had occurred.
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