The individual who lit himself on fire outside of the White House on Wednesday has succumbed to his injuries.
Arnav Gupta, 33, reportedly lit his jacket on fire in a park along Pennsylvania Avenue, which abruptly erupted into a fireball. The Washington D.C. Fire Department and Secret Service immediately responded and rendered first aid. After the flames were extinguished, Gupta was rushed to a local hospital, according to the United States Park Police.
The Park Police released a statement Thursday morning confirming that Gupta had died of his injuries on the evening of the incident.
Gupta, a resident of Bethesda, was reported missing hours before he was discovered on fire. He was last seen by his family.
“Gupta is described as an Indian male who is 5’ 9” tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes, a mustache, and wears glasses,” The Montgomery County Police Department wrote on Facebook. “Police are concerned for Gupta’s physical and emotional welfare.”
A motive for setting himself on fire has not yet been revealed.
This story is developing and will be updated.
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