3 killed, 1 injured including couple due to lightning outside White House
A Wisconsin couple were killed by lightning outside the White House. The couple was celebrating their 56th wedding anniversary. The third victim died on Friday evening, while another was seriously injured. Police say an elderly Wisconsin couple were killed by lightning near the White House in Washington DC.
Several people were seriously injured when lightning struck Lafayette Park, located outside the White House complex, according to the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. The incident took place when a couple along with their families were visiting Park Lafayette Square near the White House to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
The third victim, a 29-year-old man, was pronounced dead on Friday. The police department said the condition of the fourth person, a woman, is critical. He has not been identified yet. According to Michelle McNett, the niece of the deceased couple, Mueller was on a trip to Washington, D.C. to celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary.
McNutt told the Wisconsin State Journal, ‘They were a very loving couple, I think, right now everyone is in shock and demanding privacy from everyone. He told the newspaper that the couple had five children, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Donna Muller was a teacher and retired from Comfort Shop, a local furniture store. Jim, 76, was a retired contractor with his own drywall business.
Fire department spokesman Vito Magiolo said emergency medical teams were called to the scene just before 7 p.m. and all victims were taken to hospital with “severely serious injuries.” “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Lafayette Park following the lightning strike,” White House Press Secretary Carine Jean-Pierre said. “Our condolences are with the families who have lost their loved ones, and we are praying for those still fighting for life.”