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Third person dies from lightning strike near White House

In this photo provided by @dcfireems, emergency medical crews are staged on Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and Lafayette Park, Thursday evening, Aug. 4, 2022 in Washington. Two people who were critically injured in a lightning strike in Lafayette Park outside the White House have died, police said Friday. Two others remained hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. Authorities haven’t revealed how the people were injured, other than to say they were critically hurt in the lightning strike. (@dcfireems via AP) AP

Third person dies from lightning strike near White House

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A third person has succumbed to injuries from the lighting strike at Lafayette Park near the White House on Thursday evening, according to police.

Police provided no details other than saying the person who died was a 29-year-old man, becoming the third to die after four people were struck Thursday night and found around 7 p.m. in Lafayette Park, fire department spokesman Vito Maggiolo said.

“A third victim, a 29-year-old adult male, has been pronounced. The identification is being withheld pending next of kin notification,” the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department told the Washington Examiner.

TWO PEOPLE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING NEAR WHITE HOUSE DIE FROM INJURIES

All four victims sustained significant injuries from the lightning blast, and two of them were confirmed dead as of Friday morning by MPD. Those two victims were James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, per the MPD.

First responders quickly arrived after the four victims hit by lightning were found. Severe thunderstorms had covered the city with loud cracking and booming across the metropolitan area. Footage published by CBS appeared to show a lightning strike in close proximity to the White House.

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The Biden administration expressed condolences to the families of the two individuals pronounced dead on Friday.

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of life after the lightning strike in Lafayette Park,” the White House said in a statement. “Our hearts are with the families who lost loved ones, and we are praying for those still fighting for their lives.”

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