WAMU 88.5 : News

Man Sets Himself On Fire On National Mall

Police responded to the scene of a man attempting to set himself on fire at the National Mall.
Vanessa Sink: https://twitter.com/LiveMusicGirl/
Police responded to the scene of a man attempting to set himself on fire at the National Mall.

A man who set himself on fire on the National Mall on Friday has died of his injuries, said a D.C. police spokesman on Saturday.

Officer Araz Alali, a police spokesman, said the man died Friday night at a Washington hospital.

The man's name and age were not immediately known, and his burns were so severe that authorities will need to use DNA and dental records to identify him, Alali said.

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. Police had said he was conscious and breathing at the scene, but he was airlifted to MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Police are investigating the man's possible motives.

Lt. Pamela Smith of the U.S. Park said she was unaware that he carried any signs or had articulated a cause. One witness, Katy Scheflen, said that she saw a tripod set up near the man but that she did not hear him say anything intelligible before he set himself on fire. But it was unclear if the man was filming the incident.

The immolation occurred in a city with jangled nerves following a Sept. 16 mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard and 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.

NPR

Long Before Burning Man, Zozobra Brought Fire And Redemption To The Desert

For decades, residents in Santa Fe, N.M., have gathered to burn a massive puppet — but only after stuffing it with symbols of their woes. It's a way to release the past year's sadness and start anew.
NPR

Sunday Sports: Baseball Season Stats

As the baseball season enters the homestretch, Mike Pesca, host of The Gist podcast shares obscure baseball stats and somewhat dubious accomplishments with NPR's Rachel Martin.
NPR

Trump Meets Netanyahu And Affirms Recognition Of Jerusalem As Israel's Capital

Trump's position would reverse long-standing U.S. policy. Netanyahu is expected to meet with Hillary Clinton later on Sunday.
NPR

Facebook Group Launched To Combat KKK Presence In Pennsylvania Town

Jaimi Hajzus was alarmed to learn that KKK fliers were dropped on lawns in her hometown of Coudersport, Pa. She tells NPR's Rachel Martin of a Facebook campaign to counter the hate group.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.