A man who has not been identified by the US authorities set himself on fire on Wednesday in front of the White House , according to the Secret Service of the United States, the body in charge of protecting the president and his family.
Arnav Gupta, 33, has died after setting himself on fire this Wednesday afternoon in the vicinity of the White House. Hours before, detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department, a few miles from Washington DC, had asked neighbors for information about Gupta’s whereabouts. The Parks Police reported Thursday that the man of Indian origin died around midnight due to the severity of the burns.
The incident occurred at about 12:20 p.m. US local time, in the park of La Ellipse, between the presidential mansion and the monument to George Washington, the iconic obelisk of the US capital.
Secret Service agents responded in seconds, put out the fire and began to administer (to the man who set fire) first aid,” said spokesman for the US agency, Jeffrey Adams.
After the event, the individual was transported to a local hospital to be treated for the injuries suffered when he was burned.
The authorities did not disclose more details about his identity, motivation, the extent of his injuries or the possible charges he may face.
On April 12 another man tried to set himself on fire in front of the White House, but Secret Service agents prevented him from doing so.