Man who set himself ablaze on National Mall dies; burnt beyond recognition

Posted: October 6, 2013 in Uncategorized
English: The western front of the United State...

English: The western front of the United States Capitol. The Neoclassical style building is located in Washington, D.C., on top of Capitol Hill at the east end of the National Mall. The Capitol was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A District of Columbia police spokesman says a man who set himself on fire on the National Mall has died of his injuries.

Officer Araz Alali says the man died Friday night at a Washington hospital where he had been airlifted.

He says the man was so badly burned that he will need to be identified through DNA and dental records.

The man poured a can of gasoline on himself in the center portion of the mall Friday afternoon. He then set himself on fire, with passing joggers taking off their shirts to help douse the flames.

The reason for the self-immolation was not immediately clear and the man’s identity was not disclosed. But it occurred in public view, on a central national gathering place, in a city still rattled by last month’s mass shooting at Washington Navy Yard and a high-speed car chase outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday that ended with a woman being shot dead by police with a young child in the car.

 

English: Facing West across the Washington Mal...

English: Facing West across the Washington Mall, with one’s back towards the United States Capitol. The Washington Monument and Lincoln memorial are visible in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/10/05/police-man-who-set-himself-ablaze-on-national-mall-dies/?intcmp=latestnews

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