Man who self-immolated at National Mall dies of injuries
The day after a car chase that ended with D.C. police shooting and killing the driver, a man self-immolated in the middle of the National Mall and later died from the wounds, according to the Washington Post. The burns were so severe that medical personnel will have to use DNA analysis and dental records to identify him.
About 4:30 p.m., the man doused himself in gasoline and lit himself on fire near the Air and Space Museum as joggers soon ran to try to extinguish the flame with their shirts, according to NBC. Witnesses say that the man thanked those who tried to help him and was still conscious once he was driven away by the ambulances.
Police are currently investigating the man’s motives. Lt. Pamela Smith of the U.S. Park Police said told several news outlets she was unaware of any articulation of his motives. A witness told the Washington Post that the man gave the Capitol a military salute before igniting the gas that he had poured over himself.
Some witnesses say they noticed someone set up a tripod near the event, though it was unclear whether the man was an accomplice or was filming the incident.
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