Man Who Set Himself Ablaze Near the White House Dies

A January 11, 2016 photo shows the White House at dusk in Washington, DC. US President Barack Obama is set to deliver his final State of the Union address on January 12, 2016. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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The man who set himself ablaze near the White House grounds on Wednesday has died, authorities have confirmed.

Arnav Gupta of Bethesda Maryland self-immolated near 15th Street and Constitution Ave., located south of the White House around 12:20 p.m. EST, U.S. Secret Serice officials said. National Park Service and U.S. Park Police provided first aid to the individual and was rushed to a nearby hospital shortly after. 

U.S. Park Police announced in an earlier Thursday morning statement that Gupta succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday evening.

The Montgomery County Police Department said in a Facebook post that Gupta was last seen by members of his family when leaving his residence at 9:20 a.m. EST.

Police spokesman Sgt. Eduardo Delgado said police have not identified a motive.
Social media users shared footage of the incident with one showing law enforcement scrambling to the scene of the fire. The video shows what appears to be a fire extinguisher used on the fire.

The fire came weeks after a similar incident occurred in which Secret Service responded to an electric wheelchair-bound man attempting to self-immolate outside the White House. The man was treated for injuries following the incident and posed no threat to President Donald Trump, authorities later confirmed.

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