What the heck is going on in Washington D.C.? First Aaron Alexis killed 12 at the Navy Yard last month, then Miriam Carey was killed after ramming a barricade near the White House and taking police on a wild chase Thursday, now a man sets himself on fire on the National Mall. Miriam Carey reportedly thought President Obama was stalking her.
It is not clear what the man’s motive was, but it occurred in plain view of many passers-by whose nerves are already rattled. The man, whose name has not been released, suffered life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to an area hospital.
According to eyewitness Katy Scheflen, the man was “standing by himself in the center portion of the Mall when he emptied the contents of a red gasoline can on himself and set himself on fire minutes later,” the AP reports.
UPDATE#1 (10/05/13): Man who set himself on fire on the National Mall has died of his injuries, DC police spokesman says – @AP